The Daily Dose: Nike CEO caught in sports doping scandal

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Nike CEO Mark Parker appears to be mired in a bit of controversy… again. This time, he and his company have been implicated in a sports doping scandal. You read that right. Sports. Doping. Nike. According to emails obtained as a result of released court documents, “Parker and other top Nike officials were briefed on several occasions between 2009 and 2011 regarding medical experiments being conducted to determine the effects of performance-enhancing drugs and how much of the substances could be used by athletes without being detected.” The banned substance in question is topical application of testosterone. The degree of involvement of Parker is amazing and worth the read.

Genetically engineered humans are inevitable, according to many scientists. It’s just a question of establishing a framework for procedures to be managed and also more research documenting the long term effects of altered human DNA which will inevitably be passed to other human beings. An article in Bloomberg, “Future of Genetically Modified Babies May Lie in Putin’s Hands”, takes a look at the tug of war going on among Russian scientists about how to tackle genetically modified babies.

Recent studies have forced Parkinson’s disease researchers to reconsider what was once a given: the role of α-synuclein. That idea is now being challenged. According to an article in The Scientist, “The study is one of many that raise questions about the prevailing idea that α-synuclein accumulation is the underlying cause of the neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease. Rather, α-synuclein buildup may be just one symptom of a more fundamental problem: the cells’ inability to break down excess lipids and proteins, including α-synuclein.”

Urban evolution driven by the pressure human socio-cultural influence on nearby animals is still a relatively young field. This study investigated the effects of urban development on Milvus migrans, also known as urban raptors, in New Delhi. The authors conclude that, “For many urban animals, key resources are inextricably linked with human culture, an aspect that has been largely overlooked.”

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