US coronavirus: ‘Apocalyptic’ surges feared in some cities – CNN

(CNN)The three most populous states set records for new coronavirus cases daily and there are fears of “apocalyptic” surges in major Texas cities if the trend continues.

Coronavirus has killed at least 121,979 people and infected nearly 2.4 million nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins.
Florida and Texas announced Wednesday that they’d recorded more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases the prior day, a new daily record. California reported more than 7,000 cases, obliterating a record hit a day earlier.
In Texas, if the current case trajectory continues, Houston could be the hardest-hit city in the US with numbers rivaling those in Brazil. Infection numbers are also rising in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Source: US coronavirus: ‘Apocalyptic’ surges feared in some cities – CNN

Fauci says parts of U.S. are seeing a ‘disturbing surge’ of coronavirus

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that parts of the U.S. are beginning to see a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that parts of the U.S. are beginning to see a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections.
  • The White House health advisor said he expects will be ready by early next year.
  • Fauci and other key Trump administration health officials are testifying before a House committee on the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The hearing comes as Covid-19 cases are growing in at least 26 states, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Fauci says parts of U.S. are seeing a ‘distrubing surge’ of coronavirus

New class of precision medicine strips cancer of its DNA defenses

The new study, designed to test the drug’s safety, found that half of patients given the new drug either alone or with platinum chemotherapy saw their cancer stop growing, and two patients saw their tumors shrink or disappear completely.

Damage to the DNA in cells is the root cause of cancer—but it is also a fundamental weakness in tumors, and  can be killed by further damaging their DNA or attacking their ability to  it.

Source: New class of precision medicine strips cancer of its DNA defenses

Cancer drug could work where other treatments fail

A drug that could stop cancer cells repairing themselves has shown early signs of working.

More than half of the 40 patients given berzosertib had the growth of their tumours halted.

Berzosertib was even more effective when given alongside chemotherapy, the trial run by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust suggested.

The trial was designed to test the safety of the drug.

The drug is the first to be trialled of a new family of treatments, which block a protein involved in DNA repair.

Blocking this protein prevents cancers from mending damage to their cells.

It’s part of a branch of treatment known as “precision medicine”, which targets specific genes or genetic changes.

The study involved patients with very advanced tumours, for whom no other treatment had worked.

This was what is known as a “phase one” trial, which is only designed to test the safety of a treatment.

But the ICR said the researchers did find some early indications that berzosertib could stop tumours growing.

Source: Cancer drug could work where other treatments fail

Fact check: Feds’ syringes may have RFID chips but vaccines optional

A claim stating that the U.S. government has ordered syringes with RFID tracking devices ahead of vaccinations for coronavirus has gained attention online.

Natural News, a vehicle of “activist-turned-scientist” Mike Adams, according to its website, is a main source of the claim.

Breaking Israel News referenced Natural News in its report on the topic.

“Those who think the government is planning on forcing every American to inject themselves with a coronavirus vaccine may have just received an indication confirming their fears,” David Sidman of Breaking Israel News wrote in reference to a May 12 news release from the Defense Department.

The news release outlines a $138 million contract between the Department of Health and Human Services, DOD and ApiJect Systems America, a manufacturer of pre-filled syringes. The partnership will launch “Project Jumpstart” and “RAPID USA,” two efforts that will expand the production of U.S.-based injection devices, according to the DOD.

Source: Fact check: Feds’ syringes may have RFID chips but vaccines optional

F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates – The New York Times

The program allows people in the Seattle area to easily take a coronavirus test at home. Researchers say such testing is essential for future monitoring of the virus.

SEATTLE — An innovative coronavirus testing program in the Seattle area — promoted by the billionaire Bill Gates and local public health officials as a way of conducting wider surveillance on the invisible spread of the virus — has been ordered by the federal government to stop its work pending additional reviews.

The program involved sending home test kits to both healthy and sick people in the hope of conducting the kind of widespread monitoring that could help communities safely reopen from lockdowns. Researchers and public health authorities already had tested thousands of samples, finding dozens of previously undetected cases.

But the program, a partnership between research groups and the Seattle and King County public health department that had been operating under authorization from the state, was notified this week that it now needs approval directly from the federal government. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration told the partnership to cease its testing and reporting until the agency grants further approval.

“Please discontinue patient testing and return of diagnostic results to patients until proper authorization is obtained,” the F.D.A. wrote in a memo.

Source: F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates – The New York Times

Bill Gates offers a creepy response to COVID – TheBlaze

Never forget, Bill Gates told the world via Twitter that COVID-19 couldn’t spread from human to human contact. Now Gates wants to microchip humans who have had COVID-19.

What do you and Bill Gates have in common? Both are equally qualified to offer medical advice.

Never forget, Bill Gates told the world via Twitter that COVID-19 couldn’t spread from human to human contact. Now Gates wants to microchip humans who have had COVID-19.

No. Just no. Considering our country was shut down for what equates to a flu, maybe Gates should spend his free time coming up with ways to help millions of people find employment rather than trying to track people who had the misfortune of contracting Chinese AIDS.

Crowder ripped Gates during his CNN Livestream last Thursday.

Source: Bill Gates offers a creepy response to COVID – TheBlaze

 

Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found – Scientific American

The tiny fossil is unassuming, as dinosaur remains go. It is not as big as an Apatosaurus femur or as impressive as a Tyrannosaurus jaw. The object is a just a scant shard of cartilage from the skull of a baby hadrosaur called Hypacrosaurus that perished more than 70 million years ago. But it may contain something never before seen from the depths of the Mesozoic era: degraded remnants of dinosaur DNA.

Genetic material is not supposed to last over such time periods—not by a long shot. DNA begins to decay at death. Findings from a 2012 study on moa bones show an organism’s genetic material deteriorates at such a rate that it halves itself every 521 years. This speed would mean paleontologists can only hope to recover recognizable DNA sequences from creatures that lived and died within the past 6.8 million years—far short of even the last nonavian dinosaurs.

But then there is the Hypacrosaurus cartilage. In a study published earlier this year, Chinese Academy of Sciences paleontologist Alida Bailleul and her colleagues proposed that in that fossil, they had found not only evidence of original proteins and cartilage-creating cells but a chemical signature consistent with DNA.

Source: Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found – Scientific American