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  • Scientists working to grow meat in labs

    mad scientistWell here's the latest queasy twist for the legions of food activists warning about the proliferation of factory farming and genetically modified foods: Some scientists are working to grow meat inside of  laboratories.

    One pioneer in the field is Dr. Vladimir Mironov, a developmental biologist and tissue engineer at the University of South Carolina. He told Reuters' Harriet McLeod that growing "in-vitro" or "cultured" meat may be viewed by many as "disruptive technology," but he sees it as the wave of the future in food cultivation.

    "It will be functional, natural, designed food," Mironov told Reuters, while noting that scientists in the Netherlands are pursuing similar research. "How do you want it to taste? You want a little bit of fat, you want pork, you want lamb? We design exactly what you want. We can design texture."

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  • AP080114046636Illinois Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the lead co-sponsors of a new bill to limit federal funding for abortions, says he does not intend for the bill to prevent women who have been raped from getting Medicaid-funded abortions.

    Abortion advocates told Nick Baumann at Mother Jones magazine that the proposed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would tighten the existing exceptions for Medicaid abortions to "forcible rape" from rape. The advocates said they worried the language would prevent women who had been drugged and raped, along with any woman who was raped without the use of explicit physical force, from being able to access Medicaid if they became pregnant and wanted to get an abortion.

    "The Hyde Amendment allows for taxpayer funding of abortion in very limited cases, including if the pregnancy is the result of rape," Lipinski said in a statement to The Lookout. "The language of H.R. 3 was not intended to change existing law regarding taxpayer funding for abortion in cases of rape, nor is it expected that it would do so. Nonetheless, the legislative process will provide an opportunity to clarify this should such a need exist."

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  • Welcome to First Look, our daily round-up of early-bird news:

    • The State Department is evacuating thousands of Americans from Egypt today. (AP)

    • The unrest could have major global economic consequences, including skyrocketing oil prices. (WSJ)

    • Less than 15 percent of Wikipedia's contributors are women. (NYT)

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