Hopkins' Surgeons Complete First Total Genital Transplant
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore say they've completed the world's first successful transplant involving a total penis, scrotum and abdominal wall. The recipient? A combat soldier, who had been badly maimed by an I-E-D blast in Afghanistan.
Docs have confirmed that he has recovered from the 14-hour surgery last month and could be released from Hopkins this week. Doctors say they are hopeful they've been able to restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for the young man, who wishes to remain anonymous. Similarly, the family of the deceased donor is maintaining their anonymity.
“It’s a real mind-boggling injury to suffer, it is not an easy one to accept,” the recipient says in a statement. “When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal… with a level of confidence as well. Confidence… like finally I’m okay now.”
Source: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Scientists Have Found A New Type of DNA
Scientists have just discovered a new form of DNA inside humans - no, not alien stuff. A new study published in “Nature Chemistry” confirms this other DNA, known as “i-motif” exists inside living beings, but is much different from the DNA that you may have learned about in science class.
We’re used to seeing DNA in its helix structure where all the compounds connect to each other almost like a ladder. Well the new i-motif is more of a knot. “The i-motif is a four-stranded ‘knot’ of DNA,” says Marcel Dinger, a co-author on the study. “In the knot structure, C [cytosine] letters on the same strand of DNA bind to each other – so this is very different from a double helix, where ‘letters’ on opposite strands recognize each other and where Cs bind to Gs [guanines].”
Researchers were able to find the new DNA using fluorescent dye that highlights the i-motif. As for what it does, more studies need to be done, but scientists believe they may help genes switch “on or off.”
Source: Nature Chemistry
Dream Job: Harley-Davidson Paid Interns Get a Motorcycle Too
Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program.
Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They'll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship.
The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker says it will teach the interns how to ride, compensate them for their work and travels, and let them keep their motorcycles. Harley-Davidson says it's looking for those that have the ability to create content on the fly, are creative and have the talent to take great photos and fun videos.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and looking to pursue a career in social media.
Corona Light Gummy Bears Are A Thing
We love our boozy candies. There have been rose gummies and champagne gummies – new treats are coming up all the time! Now we have something we can bring on the beach with us: Corona Light gummies! They are a total thing, and they’re shaped like little bottles of actual Corona.
The best part? There’s actually another variation of the gummies that’s shaped like a lime. The company Sugarfina is slaying the game with these. They’ve just gone on presale, so you can order yours ASAP. You’re going to want these bad boys when the weather finally gets nice and we can hit the beach!
Hasbro Launches Toy Recycling Program
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (CBSNewYork) — Toy maker Hasbro is partnering with recycling company Terracycle to offer parents a way to turn donated toys into materials used to make playgrounds, park benches, flower pots, and more.
People can participate by creating an online account with TerraCycle through the website www.hasbrotoyrecycling.com. The company will send a free shipping label to attach to boxes of toys to be recycled.
The pilot program is open to all Hasbro toys and games, including games, plastic and electronic toys, action figures, dolls, plush, and more.
Hasbro says the pilot program will be limited to the contiguous United States at first, but if successful, will be expanded worldwide.