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Nanoparticles Made From Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

"For the experiment, Wickline's team prepared free melittin and melittin-loaded nanoparticles and set them against various strains of HIV..."

“For the experiment, Wickline’s team prepared free melittin and melittin-loaded nanoparticles and set them against various strains of HIV…”

“… researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that nanoparticles infused with a toxic bee venom can kill HIV. The researchers hope to take this new compound and develop a vaginal gel that can prevent the further spread of the disease.

The key to this discovery, which was made by Samuel A. Wickline and his team at Washington University, involves cytolyic melittin peptides. Melittin is found in bee venom, and it has the fortuitous trait of being able to degrade the protective envelope that surrounds HIV.”

via Nanoparticles Made From Bee Venom Can Kill HIV.

 

A 13-Year-Old’s Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School | Race on GOOD

 

Frederick Douglass, circa 1860's

In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him,” Auld says. “It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”

Williams wrote that overcrowded, poorly managed classrooms prevent real learning from happening and thus produces the same results as Mr. Auld’s outright ban. She wrote that her white teachers—the vast majority of Rochester students are black and Hispanic, but very few teachers are people of color—are in a “position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom.”

Instead of truly teaching, most teachers simply “pass out pamphlets and packets” and then expect students to complete them independently, Williams wrote. But this approach fails, she concluded, because “most of my peers cannot read and or comprehend the material that has been provided.” As a result, she continued, not much has changed since the time of Douglass, “just different people, different era” and “the same old discrimination still resides in the hearts of the white man.” Williams called for her fellow students to “start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you” and challenged teachers to do their jobs. “What merit is there,” she asked, if teachers have knowledge and are “not willing to share because of the color of my skin?”

According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Williams’ parents transferred her to another school, then withdrew her altogether. The conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation gave Williams a special award , saying that her essay “actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography.” They have also reached out to the school for an explanation of the 13-year-old’s treatment.

via A 13-Year-Old’s Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School | Race on GOOD.

 

What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?

Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging this discriminatory program. We are representing a mother and her three daughters currently enrolled at Vandy.  The three girls are suing the Wood County School Board because their 6th grade year was torturous for them.

•    One girl has attention-deficit disorder and has trouble sitting still in class.. Her punishment? Being sent to the boys’ classroom, where she is required to sit still and face the wall while the boys roam freely around the room!

•    Another girl is legally blind and has difficulty reading in the dimly lit classroom; she requested brighter lights and the teacher told her to sit by the window.

•    And a third girl learns best by reading and writing things down; however, when she asked for more time to take notes and copy slide presentations, she was told that girls learn best through auditory rather than visual input.

These girls are being unfairly deprived of equal educational opportunities because they do not conform to gender-based stereotypes.

Through our lawsuit, we hope to halt this discriminatory program and bring public attention to the harms caused by sex stereotyping and unjustified separation. No child fits all the stereotypes about his or her sex, and teaching kids as if they did is simply wrong.

via What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?.

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