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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
TUESDAY’S WORD was pluripotent. It means not fixed as to developmental potentialities; especially: capable of differentiating into one of many cell types (Source: Merriam-Webster). “The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Dr. John B. Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka for their discovery that mature, differentiated cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent stem cell state.” (www.Nobelprize.org)
WEDNESDAY’S WORD is cachinate. Example: It’s no wonder comedian James Gregory is called “The funniest man in America” because the audience at the Rives could not help but cachinate through his performance.
Part of the significance of the work with pluripotent cells that earned Dr. John B. Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanak the Nobel Prize was that now there is an alternative to using embryonic cells in research or to help cure diseases. Before their work, it was thought the only way to get a “beginning-level” cell was by taking cells from human embryos. That’s very controversial. Now, other cells can be changed to act like cells from embryos. In an article by Jonas Frisén, Urban Lendahl and Thomas Perlmann on www.Nobelprize.org, “Mature cells can be programmed to become pluripotent,” the authors wrote, according to www.Nobelprize.org. “The concept that mature, differentiated cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent stem cell state is a paradigm-shifting discovery. This insight has influenced essentially all areas of medicine or physiology.”
McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, will have a free community meal from 5:50-6:30 p.m. today. Use the ramp entrance at the back of the church.
AARP will offer Driver’s Safety classes in different areas in November. Most insurance companies provide a discount of up to 15 percent on automobile insurance to drivers who have completed the course. The classes are free for all U.S. military personnel (active duty, retired, guard or reserve) and their dependents, regardless of age. They will cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.
Classes are set for:
• Nov. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henry County Administration Building, Room 2. Call 634-4644 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12-13, Reynolds Homestead. Call 694-7181 to register.
• Nov. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spencer-Penn Centre. Call 957-5757 to register.
• Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Martinsville Senior Center (21 Moss St.). Call 403-5260 to register.
If you would like to host a class on different dates, call Dr. G. Zeke and Marrianne Zanatos at 656-3667.
Have fun with the Stroller. Send your comments, jokes and suggested Words of the Day to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and phone number in case we have questions.
Following is a humorous story sent in by a Stroller reader:
An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.
“Let’s have a party, Homer,” she suggested. “Let’s kill a pig.”
The farmer scratched his grizzled head. “Gee, Ethel,” he finally answered, “I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened 50 years ago.”