Chickens may fight Cancer

July 19, 2012

(This article was first published at via JPost) The common barnyard chicken could provide some very un-common clues for fighting off diseases and might even offer new ways to attack cancer, according to a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University professor.

James Womack, Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is co-author of a paper detailing the team’s work that appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists). Womack was a leader in the international effort to sequence the cattle genome in 2004.
Womack and the team, comprised mostly of scientists from the Seoul National University in Korea, examined 62 White Leghorn and 53 Cornish chickens for diversity in NK-lysin, an antibacterial substance that occurs naturally in animals and is used as a method of fighting off diseases.
They were able to obtain two genetic variations of NK-lysin and the results offered two unexpected shockers: both showed abilities to fight off bacterial infections and other diseases, while one showed it could successfully fight cancer cells as well.
“It took all of us by surprise,” Womack says of the findings.
“One of the genetic variations shows it has the ability to fight against cancer cells much more aggressively than the other variation. We certainly were not looking at the cancer side of this, but there it was.”
Womack says the team selected the two breeds because Cornish and White Leghorn chickens, found throughout most of the world, have relatively diverse genetic origins.
After conducting a DNA sequence of the chickens, the team found two variations of the genes that offered clues as to their protective ability to ward off infections.
“One form appears to be more potent in killing off cancer cells than the other, and that’s the one that naturally caught our eye,” Womack adds.
“This could lead to other steps to fight cancer or in developing ways to prevent certain infections or even diseases. It’s another door that has been opened up. We are looking at similar studies right now to see if this is possible with cattle.
“The next step is to work with other animals and see if similar variants exist. We need to look for any genetic similarities to the chicken variants and then determine if these variants affect the health of the animal, but this is an exciting first step in this direction.”

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Thoughts on Latest Episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

July 29, 2011

……A friend of the JIDF said how hypocritical and interesting that the gang had such a problem with Funkhouser trying to recite the blessings over the wine and bread, but how they were all on the the “Jewish” side when protesting a “palestinian” chicken joint opening across the street from a Jewish deli. If you have not seen the episode you can see it here. You can see the points I am responding to here. In regards to the “palestinian” chicken place probably not being Kosher: the point Curb was exploring was the man “Funk” was merely having a mid life crises. This is why they could not care less about ritual. (I DON’T BLAME THEM. I hate when liberals become control freaks and use religious rituals).

Humor from a Palestinian newspaper. The chicken is holding a sign that says:

What JIDF liked about the latest Curb:

  • explored how/why our enemies cling to Jews who aren’t nice to other Jews.
  • was biased in favor of Jews- rightly portrayed “palestinians” as antisemites wanting to destroy Jews/Israel
  • It explored the idea of Jews who sit on the fence on the conflict
  • Larry Miller was in tonight’s Curb, and he’s strongly pro-Israel in real life
  • After watching tonight’s Curb, I realize that i can be called upon to be a “social assassin” – i’m like Larry in that i don’t hold back.
Quotes JIDF liked:
  • “…What is this, the raid on Entebbe? Let’s just walk in there casually.”- Larry to Funkhouser, who’s wearing a kippah, trying to enter “palestinian” Chicken place.
  • “…if Rabin can break bread with Arafat, i can have chicken at this antisemitic s***hole” –Funkhouser
  • “A date is an experience you have with another person that makes you appreciate being alone.” -Larry

  • The “No Terrorist Chicken” sign at the protest
    (1) as far as I can see… A Palestinian is anything,,, and I have indeed met many hot women who associated themselves ethnically as one. The fact that there has never been anyone called Palestinian means that a lot of stupid young pretty women find identity through a lie. I think the rabbi was thought about and was done purposely. They can’t spell it out to the audience that Hollywood assumes itself as Conservative, Reform or Re constructionist. (not true at all by the way, but it would take too much time and kill the plot to explain that. I suppose they could of done a gag, but then they would of offended themselves. Keep in mind that Jerry Seinfeld is a deep leftist and It is safe to assume that his pal is too.) The problem I had was they compared a Mosque to a Chicken. I question Larry David’s understanding of the first Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” …which means you might have a right to believe what you want, but not practice it. To compare serving Chicken to a non peaceful assemblage is faulty logic.
    I think the show was disengenuous by presenting both sides of the conflict as flawed… even though in the context of the actual narrative it was indeed the case. The danger is that the audience might come away thinking the Jewish side and the Palestinian side are indeed always flawed, but that would be the general theme of Larry David… which you have to believe when you watch Larry David that they are only talking about within the world of Larry David and are not setting up any general critiques of greater Jewish culture.

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KFC Pays College Women To Wear Double Down Pants

September 22, 2010

Just make sure the young ladies have the right proportions. You don’t want people confusing this with flat-bread sandwiches.

KFC wants folks to watch its backside.
Or, more precisely, the backsides of female college students it’s recruiting to promote its hot new bunless Double Down sandwiches.
Women on college campuses are being paid $500 each to hand out coupons while wearing fitted sweatpants with “Double Down” in large letters across their rear ends.
The promo comes as KFC is in the doldrums domestically. The world’s largest chicken chain’s U.S. same-store sales fell 7% in the second quarter. Nearly all its growth now is in international expansion.
Last week, the chain confessed that more than six in 10 Americans ages 18 to 25 — the chain’s key demographic — couldn’t identify who Colonel Sanders was in the KFC logo.
Now, it’s turning to cute women parading around campus with “Double Down” emblazoned across their fannies.

Naturally, those charming ladies from the Nationals Association of Gals have a problem with these coeds making a quick buck.

The nation’s largest women’s group doesn’t like it one bit. “It’s so obnoxious to once again be using women’s bodies to sell fundamentally unhealthy products,” says Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. What’s more, she says, KFC has forgotten something important: Women make more than half the decisions about what to eat for dinner.
But KFC marketing chief John Cywinski says it’s an effective way to catch the attention of young men — KFC’s key customers and the biggest fans of Double Down.

Six months after the debut of KFC’s Double Down marketers are focusing less on the sodium-laced sandwich’s culinary assets and more on those of its consumers.

In an attempt to reach out to the 18-to 25-year-old demographic, KFC is offering female college students at Spalding University $500 to wear sweatpants with “double down” emblazoned across the rear, USA Today reports.

According to the fried chicken giant’s Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer John Cywinski, the ad is “fitting of the Double Down’s head turning history,” and is “an effort to reach consumers coast-to-coast, and especially our key target of young men.”

The National Organization for Women is not having this explanation. As its president Terry O’Neill told USA Today, “It’s so obnoxious to once again be using women’s bodies to sell fundamentally unhealthy products,” adding that KFC should really be focusing on marketing to women, who make more than half the decisions regarding food for dinner.

Although Spalding, a Catholic institution in Louisville, is currently the only participating school, KFC hopes to run the campaign across at least three more campuses.

Would you be an ambassador for KFC? How do you feel about this campaign, and about advertising on campus in general? Weigh in below.

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