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Sweeping carbon under the carpet!

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A Grave Problem  Image source: www.breitbart.com  Global warming is a term that is unknown to a very few. Time and again, we come across various effects of the warming of our Earth and vow to do something about it. It might be to reduce usage of plastic in our daily lives, adopt more greener modes of transport or even fix a small solar cell or windmill to harness some of the renewable energy available around us.  While as individuals, we take some liberty in following the guidelines we set for ourselves, on a larger scale, we become nations that miss their emission targets. A recent report in the Washington Post gives details of how countries, developed as well as developing, are failing to keep their emissions in check to stay on course for the year 2035 which has been marked as the point of no return for climate change.  The resolve However, it would be unfair to say that on their path of development and growth, nations are not bothered about climate change.

Italy amends law to allow Stem Cell Therapy!

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On the 22nd of May 2013, the Italian Senate took a bold and first-of-its-kind step in promoting stem cell therapy. After a public and media uproar against the therapy, the ruling party temporarily allowed patients who were already undergoing this therapy at a hospital to complete their scheduled treatment and also promised a purse of 3 million euros to setup a clinical trial for a therapy it has already given approval to. What is Stem Cell Therapy? Stem Cell Therapy takes advantage of pluripotent (capable of giving rise to different cell types) nature of stem cells and works on the principle that introduction of such cells into damaged tissue can help in repair of the damaged area and thereby in treatment of a disease.  Stem Cell Therapy is being looked up to as being the mode of treatment for several disorders such as Parkinson's disease, various cancers, cardiac failure and even genetic disorders such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. What is happening in Italy? A