Genetically Modified Pigs To Be Used For Heart Transplants

Germany is planning to clone and breed genetically modified pigs to use for heart transplants in humans. This has generated a lot of controversy regarding animal rights, but not only. The practice is believed to be both legally and ethically questionable.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

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German scientists plan to clone and then breed genetically-modified pigs this year as heart donors for humans. One scientist at a university in Munich said his team is aiming to have the new species ready for transplant trials by 2025.

In the first surgery of its kind, in January of 2022, transplanted a heart from a pig into a terminally ill man. His doctors say he is responding well. The work has triggered a heated debate in a country with one of Europe’s lowest organ donation rates and a strong animal rights movement.

The first generation of pigs should be born this year. Their hearts would be tested in baboons before the team sought approval for a human clinical trial.

Supporters say animal donors could help shorten that list, but opponents say the technology rides roughshod over the animals’ rights, effectively degrading pigs to the status of organ factories while the monkeys used in transplant experiments die in agony.

In February 2019, a petition by German group Doctors Against Animal Experiments demanded a ban on xenotransplantation research and collected over 57,000 signatures. A spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Association called the practice “ethically very questionable,” saying, “Animals should not serve as spare parts for humans” because they have “the same needs, fears and also rights.”

English Language Exercise: The Present Perfect

The present perfect: the obscure grammar tense that so many English learners struggle to comprehend. Well, the first thing to understand is the formula for the present perfect:

Subject + auxiliary have + past participle

Here are some examples for you:

Lucy has left her keys on the table.
John has seen the film.
We have not done the dishes yet.

The past participle is the third column on your typical English verb chart which has the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle, in that order. Here is a link that you can find with some of the most common irregular past participles:

Most Common Irregular Past Tense Verbs

Now that you are fresh and ready to go, what do you say to an English grammar exercise about the present perfect?

Present Perfect Quiz

Here we have some sentences with blanks that you can fill in. What’s missing is the past participle, so use the verb in parentheses to write the correct form of the verb! Ready? Go!

 

Sweden’s Agency Against Fake News

Fake news creates a lot of problems for society. Sweden recognizes the dangers that it poses and is establishing an agency to help fight against it in order to strengthen democracy.

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Sweden has instituted a new agency in order to combat disinformation ahead of its upcoming parliamentary elections. The Swedish Psychological Defense Agency was created to “identify, analyze and respond to the impact of undue information influence and other misleading information.”

The agency said it will also “defend our open and democratic society and free opinions by identifying, analyzing and responding to inappropriate influences and other misleading information directed at Sweden or Swedish interests.”

In 2018, Sweden’s intelligence agency said foreign powers didn’t carry out any comprehensive campaign to influence Swedish parliamentary elections. However, it added that a “foreign power exerts influence on Sweden in the long term.”

The agency also stated that it “will provide support to the population, agencies, municipalities, the media, voluntary defense organizations and civil society in general, as well as working for increased coordination between these actors.”

France has also set up an agency to combat foreign disinformation and fake news.