July 31st, 2010

politics

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  • SPIEGEL: So the Human Genome Project has had very little medical benefits so far?
    Venter: Close to zero to put it precisely.

    SPIEGEL: You stored a code in the genome of this cell. Has anyone decoded it?
    Venter: Yes, it is the first genome in the world to include an e-mail address. So far, 50 scientists have cracked the code and answered us.

    SPIEGEL: It took eight years from the time the first bacterial genome was decoded until the human genome was completed. How much time will elapse between the creation of the first synthetic bacteria and the creation of the first synthetic human?
    Venter: There is currently no reason for us to synthesize human cells. I am, for example, a fan of the work that was done a short time ago that led to the decoding of the Neanderthal genome. But we don't need any more Neanderthals on the planet, right? We already have enough of them.
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July Books 21) The Bloody Sunday Report, Vol VIII

We're in the final stages now, and as with the previous volume, this is a bit of a grab-bag of disparate topics.

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There are then four short chapters dealing with minor issues relatiing to the army, three where Saville finds that the army is mor or less in the clear (the composition of Major Loden's list of engagements, the accounting for the rounds of ammunition which were actually fired, and the question of whether or not soldiers fired from the City Walls of Derry) and one rather embarrassing incident where a soldier shot himself in the foot. Saville notes of this last,
168.4: The injury to Gunner INQ 1255 was the only gunshot wound sustained by any soldier in Londonderry during Bloody Sunday.
That trenchantly brief paragraph closes the narrative of events on the day.

Volume VIII ends with assessments of Collapse ) Colonel Wilford now lives about an hour's drive from me in Belgium, but I do not think I will drop round and ask for a cup of tea.

One more to go.

Volume I | Volume II | Volume III | Volume IV | Volume V | Volume VI | Volume VII | Volume VIII | Volume IX | Volume X and conclusions