June 24, 2013- June 30,2013 
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 Vol 8, Issue 26
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 June 20 - Human Organs 'Could Be Grown In Animals Within A Year'
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Gengineering

Japanese scientists are expecting to be granted approval to grow human organs in animals and then harvest them for transplant within the next year. A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the government has drawn up a recommendation that will form the basis of new guidelines for Japan's world-leading embryonic research.

There is widespread support in Japan for research that has raised red flags in other countries.
Scientists plan to introduce a human stem cell into the embryo of an animal - most likely a pig - to create what is termed a "chimeric embryo" that can be implanted into an animal's womb. When the adult animal is slaughtered, the organ will then be harvested and transplanted into a human. That will then grow into a perfect human organ, a kidney or even a heart, as the host animal matures. When the adult creature is slaughtered, the organ will then be harvested and transplanted into a human with a malfunctioning organ.

Nakauchi's team have already succeeded in injecting stem cells from rats into the embryos of mice that had been genetically altered

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 June 9 - Tveit calls for critical understanding of religion in international arena
 Article: One World Religion

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on 3 June spoke to a United Nations conference in Geneva, where he addressed "the role of religion in the search for justice and peace."

The conference at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, was called by UN Geneva director general Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in search of "a comprehensive framework" or new paradigm for UN work with its partners in the areas of global economy, ecology, education, health, security, and governance.

Calling for "an open, proper, critical and constructive reflection on the role of religion in our work for justice and peace and in our local and global life together," Tveit urged the international community to grapple more deeply with religion. "It must go beyond discussions about 'misuse' of religion," he said.

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 June 21 - Muslims 'people of good will,' head of Catholic aid group says
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions

The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence.

"The broad majority of Muslims are people of good-will,"
Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, told CNA June 21.

"Not only are they tolerant of us Christians, they're even supportive. They value the schools and clinics that we have. We hope that their influence will calm the radicals, or (even) convert the radicals to a more balanced and tolerant approach of peace among all men and women everywhere," he added.

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 June 27 - Throwing helped our species to evolve
 Article: Creation/Evolution-Creation/Evolution Debate

Comment from Understand the Times:

Theories proposed to promote the idea that man has evolved continue to push the imagination beyond sensible limits. Now we are being told that pitchers in the MLB have developed their skills and are further evolved from brute like ancestors because of "key evolutionary adaptations."

Throwing helped our primate ancestors to defend themselves against dangerous predators and boost brain power, scientists have said. It enabled humans to survive by hunting big game, expanding their diet and colonizing almost every corner of the globe.

US researches say baseball pitchers, who can throw at speeds of up to 100mph, can do so because of key evolutionary adaptations to the torso, shoulders and arms which began nearly two million years ago.

Neil Roach of George Washington University in Washington DC told The Independent: "We think that throwing was probably most important early on in terms of hunting behavior, enabling our ancestors to kill big game.
"Eating more calorie-rich meat and fat would have allowed our ancestors to grow larger brains and bodies and expand into new regions of the world - all of which helped make up who we are today."

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