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Researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California Santa Barbara have published the results of a study confirming that homophobes are actually deeply closeted homosexuals themselves. This is something that almost any gay person would agree with, and now that the research has been done, I’m happy to admit that I was right. <—always happy to admit this
Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.
“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author.
“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” adds co-author Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who helped direct the research.
There were four different studies that were done and the entire report from ScienceDaily is actually rather revealing and interesting. Again, something that has been assumed by many for a while, but now we have science on our side to explain that this is the truth. While I should be happy, I’m actually rather disturbed by these findings. All this means is that people are so ashamed of who they are that they try to mask their identity by abusing those who have had a similar path but chose to accept who they were as opposed to hiding this. Damaged, closeted homosexuals hating those who were able to overcome hate and prejudice.
- Are homophobes secretly gay? (bazaardaily.com)
- Homophobes: Externalizing an Internal Conflict (slog.thestranger.com)
- Homophobia linked to lack of awareness of one’s sexual orientation and authoritarian parenting, study shows (medicalxpress.com)
- Is some homophobia self-phobia? (eurekalert.org)
- [VIDEO] Anti-Gay, Homophobic Rant at High School Assembly (practikel.com)
- Right Gay Rights (gromesoapbox.com)
Los Angeles Times - In a potential breakthrough in cancer research, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered patients’ T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of a common type of leukemia.
Two of the three patients who received doses of the designer T cells in a clinical trial have remained cancer-free for more than a year, the researchers said.
Experts not connected with the trial said the feat was important because it suggested that T cells could be tweaked to kill a range of cancers, including ones of the blood, breast and colon.
“This is a huge accomplishment — huge,” said Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School, who discovered the molecule on cancer cells that the Pennsylvania team’s engineered T cells target.
Findings of the trial were reported Wednesday in two journals.
To build the cancer-attacking cells, the researchers modified a virus to carry instructions for making a molecule that binds with leukemia cells and directs T cells to kill them. Then they drew blood from three patients who suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia and infected their T cells with the virus.
When they infused the blood back into the patients, the engineered T cells successfully eradicated cancer cells, multiplied to more than 1,000 times in number and survived for months. They even produced dormant “memory” T cells that might spring back to life if the cancer was to return.
On average, the team calculated, each engineered T cell eradicated at least 1,000 cancer cells.
For the FULL ARTICLE
A few years back in 1973, a project was put together to try and study Chimpanzees and see if they could act like humans and use American Sign Language to communicate. Nim, the chimp that was taken from his mother early on and raised in a human household died in 2000 after being shuffled around due to his aggressive behavior that became more apparent over the years.
Nim Chimpsky started this process with Stephanie LaFarge in upper Manhattan. LaFarge had other children that were raised along side Nim and she truly grew attached to him. Unfortunately, after some years he was biting the other children and acting out, much like a wild animal. Jenny Lee was one of LaFarge’s children, who was 13 at the time that Nim was brought to them. She recalls good memories, but she also recalls the biting and aggressiveness.
NPR – “While Jenny and her siblings went to school, Nim learned sign language with researchers at Columbia University. The goal was to open up a window into Nim’s thoughts and to see if he could develop real language skills. When he came home each night, Nim would play with the Lee children and mimic their behavior. But as he aged, he became more aggressive — and no one knew what to do.”
Eventually he was moved to private grounds at the University of Oklahoma, where he met Bob Ingersoll. Mr. Ingersoll quickly became attached to Nim and the two became quick friends. In fact, “While taking long walks around the grounds of the primate facility, Ingersoll occasionally smoked pot with Nim, who had been introduced to marijuana in New York City and even appeared in the magazine High Times in 1975.” Ingersoll had said that Nim “actually signed ‘stone smoke time now’ to us first”.
After spending nearly nine years with Nim, Ingersoll had to see him be moved to a research facility, which he eventually helped rescue him from. Here, Nim was living in a cage, which this human-like chimp was never accustomed to (not that any animal should be). After the rescue, he was moved to another facility, but this time the ranch was for abused animals.
The FULL STORY can be found here.
A new study that has been done in Africa, has has ground-breaking results. In the Los Angeles Times, they share that “two studies in Africa have shown that a daily pill containing either one or two anti- HIV drugs can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as three-quarters among heterosexual couples.”
There was such a good response that they even stopped the study early, and gave all of the participants the new pill. Although, this isn’t a solution to the problem of having HIV, it is a great preventative tool that may be able to be used by many in the future. They have already established that the pills are available in nearly 25 countries at as little as 25 cents/pill.
For more information: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-aids-prevention-20110713,0,1099136.story
“Five years ago, nobody was talking about curing HIV,” Dr. Keith Jerome said.
The idea is to extract stem cells from an HIV-positive patient, modify them so they are resistant to the virus and then put them back in the patient.
“So if the person is HIV-infected, we can provide these cells,” Jerome said Monday. “Those cells are now resistant to the virus, they can grow up and replenish that patient with healthy cells that don`t give the virus anyplace to grow,” he said.
Jerome and Dr. Hans Peter Kiem are using a two-pronged approach – stem cell transplanting and cell modification – to try to find the cure.
“We’ve never before had the ability to go in and modify within a living cell or a particular gene within that cell,” Jerome said.
HIV research with stem cells has been limited in the past to trying to find a stem cell donor who is resistant to the virus – that can be rare. But altering the patient’s own stem cells opens the door for almost anyone who’s infected.
“That means we can ideally use this treatment for all HIV patients, that’s really our goal,” Kiem said.
Thanks to a $20 million federal grant, Jerome and Kiem have begun investigating this procedure, which could lead to a new era in the battle against HIV.
“Now that we see a path forward we’re going to take that path and we’re going to move forward and try to beat through those roadblocks just as fast as we can,” Jerome said.
Scientists say while this is a new and exciting route in the fight against HIV, it could be years before results are known.
Curing the HIV virus hasn’t been much of a thought in previous years. It would be great to be able to cure something that has killed so many. The new approaches that are being tried sound promising.
I don’t want to get my hopes up, but with all this good news floating around about the success of so many different HIV tests and research, it is the closest we’ve come yet. Let’s hope the doctors are on the right track and I’ll be able to post that HIV is curable