Court acquits owner and editor of Armenian weekly

first_imgNews April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News News April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s acquittal of Serkis Seropyan, the main owner of the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, and his editor, Aris Nalci, on charges of “trying to obstruct a fair trial” by publishing an editorial that criticised the one-year suspended prison sentences imposed on three of its journalists.The three Agos journalists included Arat Dink, the son of the Agos editor Hrant Dink, who was murdered in January 2007. They were convicted for reprinting an interview Hrant Dink gave to Reuters in 2006 in which he mentioned the Armenian genocide.“We hail the acquittal of Seropyan and Nalci but the prosecution should not have been brought in the first place as it shows that Dink’s murder has not sufficed to deter those who still think it is a crime just to mention an historical event, the Armenian genocide,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Prosecuting journalists in order to put pressure on society is a practice that must stop.”They were acquitted by a criminal court in the Istanbul district of Sisli at the request of a new prosecutor, Mucahit Ercan, who yesterday said in court that the editorial’s content “remained within the scope of free expression.” The previous prosecutor, Isa Dalgiç, had called on 26 May for them to be sentenced to three years in prison under article 299 of the criminal code. The offending editorial was published in Agos on 9 November 2007. Seropyan and Nalci were summoned by the public prosecutor’s office on 16 January of this year and ordered to pay a fine of 23,500 euros. When they refused to pay, the public prosecutor’s office decided to take them to court.As he left the Sisli court building yesterday, Agos lawyer Kemal Aytaç condemned the way journalists continue to be harassed. “This trial should never have taken place,” he said. “Their acquittal proves it. Even when you are cleared by the courts, the fact that you have been prosecuted has an effect. And some, like Hrant Dink, pay for it with their lives.” Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law June 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits owner and editor of Armenian weekly Receive email alertslast_img read more

Compliance Committee drafting housing plan

first_img Twitter Facebook Compliance Committee drafting housing plan Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest TAGS  Twittercenter_img NEW City of Odessa logo wide USE THIS ONE The Odessa City Council decided this week to put the Odessa Development Corporation’s compliance committee in charge of crafting a first draft of a plan to address the city’s housing shortage.This plan would be related to the $5 million that was set aside by the city to be used for solutions to address the city’s lack of affordable housing. Its initial draft is to be penned by Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s economic development director Wes Burnett, which would then be approved by the compliance committee, then ODC, then the City Council.“The request was to authorize compliance, AKA Wes, to create a document that would be like a sample, something that would get us started on this that would then be reviewed by the city attorney and by ODC,” At-Large Council Member Peggy Dean said. “Simply because it’s easier to edit than create.”District 4 Council Member Tom Sprawls said someone has got to get started on developing a plan, and said even if they kicked the project back to ODC, they would probably still get one person to draw it up first.“There are people that need homes today,” Sprawls said. “The longer we wait is another day they have no place to live.”District 5 Council Member Mari Willis agreed with Sprawls.“If we’re creating more meetings, and not getting housing, it’s a problem, because people need housing,” Willis said.Mayor David Turner said the city also needed to look at how Midland is addressing housing, by paying builders $9,000 for every house they build at a price lower than $200,000.“If we don’t at least match that, it’s gonna make it easy for builders to go over there,” Turner said.ODC Chairwoman Betsy Triplett-Hurt said she was absolutely in favor of Burnett creating the first draft, and said that would be following protocol.“I think it’s great that the council directed Wes to do that,” Triplett-Hurt said. “And it shows movement, it shows we’re doing that.”ODC Board Member Gene Collins said he would still like for ODC to have a workshop with the City Council about the housing project, and said he didn’t think it was up to the City Council to send any guidelines to the compliance committee, a subcommittee of ODC.“It’s not that I’m against any of it, but it has to be done right, and I don’t think we’re doing it right,” Collins said.The City Council did agree they wanted a workshop to discuss a housing plan more to get on the same page with ODC at some point, but Triplett-Hurt and Collins said they had not been made aware of any set date for a workshop yet.Burnett said he was up to the task of creating the first draft of the plan.“We need to get some guidelines and some sort of parameters on how that money can be used to hopefully spur some good things in the housing market, so yeah, I’m perfectly fine with that,” Burnett said. “In fact, I’m glad we’re moving forward.”Triplett-Hurt said the plan would be based off a similar plan used by the city of Perryton, where they used economic development funds to build apartments and housing. Facebook WhatsApp Local News WhatsApp Previous articlePoetry Readings and Book SigningsFort Worth poet featured in PBPS eventNext articleWoman charged with biting another woman on hand Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

SC Seeks Centre’s Response In Plea Seeking Cap On Covid19 Treatment Rates At Private Hospitals

first_imgTop StoriesSC Seeks Centre’s Response In Plea Seeking Cap On Covid19 Treatment Rates At Private Hospitals Sanya Talwar4 Jun 2020 11:28 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response in a PIL seeking cap on fees to be charged by private hospitals in treating Covid patients as well as transparent mechanism for purposes of admission to hospitals for quarantine and post infection facilitiesPetitioner Avishek Goenka told the court that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees from covid patients making…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response in a PIL seeking cap on fees to be charged by private hospitals in treating Covid patients as well as transparent mechanism for purposes of admission to hospitals for quarantine and post infection facilitiesPetitioner Avishek Goenka told the court that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees from covid patients making it inaccessible to most Covid patients, thereby impinging Articles 14 & 21.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, M R Shah and V Ramasubramanian asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to file Centre’s response on putting an upper limit on fees to be charged by private hospitals for treating Coronavirus patients. Court listed the matter after a week.The petitioner states that the arbitrary process of admissions to hospitals creates seggregations basis the affluent and those who cannot afford treatment.The plea also seeks, the following prayers- “a.​ Issue appropriate writ(s) / direction(s) to the respondents to, immediately direct the insurance companies, to immediately settle, full claims, which are raised as per Government specified rates. ​b.​ Issue appropriate writ(s) / direction(s) to the respondents to, immediately frame and advertise the mechanism to avail – Private Hospitals facility, in case of Covid-19 Infection, as per the choice and affordability of the patient. ​c.​ Issue appropriate writ(s) / direction(s) to the respondents to, immediately frame and advertise the mechanism to avail – Private facility for Covid-19 Quarantine.”In this backdrop, the plea relies on several news reports which suggest that insurance companies have curtailed insurance claims of many people and have been denying cashless facilities for them at counters. This, the petitioner contends has left many citizens in a lurch during these trying times.”These are extraordinary times and many citizens are left, without any income. Their savings are also dented. If the cashless facility is not granted during admission, the patients without enough cash, will be left in lurch and forced to opt for – substandard Government Facilities despite being equipped with tool of Private Admission. Similarly if the claims are not rightly settled during discharge, the patient will not be released from the Hospital, until the patient family, makes the payment for the balance amount”.While drawing corollaries with the West Bengal Government which has fixed rates for private hospitals, the plea contends that the Centre can do the same by formulating an expert committee for the said purpose.”The Government can be directed to frame policies, for areas, where there is no policy. Because absence of a policy, contributes to – chaos and confusion. There is no mechanism specified in the Central Government Circulars, directing establishment of nodal window for a suffering individual and his family, which can direct them to the – Private – Quarantine and/or Hospital facilities.”Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Decision due next month on possible Bloody Sunday prosecutions

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleEvening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries on Friday February 22ndNext articleHarps and Champions Dundalk draw in Ballybofey News Highland Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Decision due next month on possible Bloody Sunday prosecutionscenter_img By News Highland – February 22, 2019 Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service is to announce next month whether to bring charges over the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings.Decisions on whether 17 former British soldiers and two alleged former members of the Official IRA will be prosecuted will be announced on March 14th.The potential charges include murder, attempted murder and perjury.Thirteen unarmed civilians were killed on the day, while a 14th victim died some months later.Paul Doherty whose father Patrick was one of the victims is welcoming the decision……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/18doherty-bloodysunday.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Donegal land prices fall by 20%

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Donegal land prices fall by 20% Facebook Google+ Previous articleGAA Programme – 18/03/20Next articleMan shot in Derry overnight News Highland Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twittercenter_img The volume of land recorded on the market in Donegal for 2019 was much higher than in previous years. Some 2,283 acres were offered for sale and almost 40% of those sold.Prices fell by 20% though, the biggest percentage drop in any county.Author of the report Odile (PRON: O-DEEL) Evans says there are a number of factors at play:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/holocgghgfhgfhan7am-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – March 19, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Propeller injures 2 students at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, police say

first_imgB&M Noskowski/iStock(VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio) — A propeller injured two students working inside a hangar at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, according to police.A 20-year-old student was critically injured after he was struck in the head at the school’s campus at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport, Vienna Police Chief Bob Ludt told ABC News. He is still in the hospital.A 28-year-old student has been treated and released from the hospital with injuries to his hand, Ludt said.The propeller was not on a plane at the time of the incident but was on a motor on a stand, Ludt said. It is unclear how the propeller started up, but the fuel lines had been shut off.Several students were in the same workplace at the time of the accident but no one saw what happened other than the two students, Ludt said.At the school, students are trained to assemble and disassemble engines on stands, but they do not start them inside the hangar, John Moliterno, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, told the Tribune Chronicle.The names of the injured students were not released. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Attorney General Barr orders New York jail shakeup after Jeffrey Epstein’s death

first_imgRattankun Thongbun/iStock(NEW YORK) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr has ordered immediate changes in leadership at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York following Jeffrey Epstein’s death.Barr ordered the staff shakeup amid investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Office Inspector General into the circumstances of the multimillionaire sex offender’s death by suicide.“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate,” Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, said in a statement.Kupec said James Petrucci, the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, will become acting warder at MCC, replacing Shirley Skipper-Scott.The Bureau of Prisons also placed two MCC staff members who had been assigned to Epstein’s cell block at the time he died on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigations, Kupec said.The shakeup came just days after sources told ABC News that jail protocols requiring routine checks on the well-being of Epstein appeared to have not been followed in the hours before he was found hanging in his cell.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Challenges, solutions for South Asia

first_imgSouth Asian nations long beset by problems that demand global attention — poverty, poor health, and unrest — are increasingly places where solutions are being developed and where technology enables innovation, according to panelists examining the region’s future.The discussion Friday (April 8) came during a conference sponsored by the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University. Held in the Radcliffe Gymnasium, the two-day event featured key leaders from the region as well as several prominent Harvard officials, including President Drew Faust, Provost Steven E. Hyman, and deans of several graduate Schools.Among the regional officials who attended were Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, and Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s ambassador to the United Nations. Panelists examined the challenges facing the region, involving energy, technology and climate change, water security, population and aging, and social changes.In her opening remarks, Faust said Harvard has long had connections to the region, which is dominated by India and Pakistan, but which also includes Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. In recent years, Harvard’s engagement has grown, as the region’s rising importance has attracted the attention of several professional Schools, including Harvard Business School (HBS), which has opened a research center in Mumbai.Harvard has more than 100 faculty members whose work involves South Asia, Faust said, and Harvard students are increasingly choosing to work and travel there.Faust praised the South Asia Initiative’s “dynamic and multidisciplinary approach” toward the region’s challenges. Initiative Director Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, said the Harvard community has been very engaged over issues in the region, which he joked makes his job easier.“All that we have to say is we’re going to provide food and get out of the way. The intellect and energy of Harvard takes over,” Khanna said, adding that the initiative is also a matchmaker between students with interests in the region and resources to help them pursue those interests.Details of Harvard’s increased engagement with South Asia were discussed during a panel moderated by Hyman and featuring the deans of several Harvard professional Schools. The panel featured Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Dean Nitin Nohria of HBS, and Dean Cherry Murray of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Nohria said HBS seeks to have the largest intellectual footprint with the smallest physical footprint. The School’s engagement has included creating 120 cases that are shared with business schools there. The School also trains instructors from around the world, including South Asia, in the HBS case teaching method during workshops each summer.Mostafavi said faculty and students from the GSD are examining the region’s rapid urbanization, whereby major cities are developing in short time periods. The growth is largely due to informal settlements, like slums and shantytowns, that have little infrastructure and for which traditional methods of urban planning fall short. Investigating these types of communities, Mostafavi said, is one way that the GSD can contribute to the region’s future.Murray said there are opportunities to learn from South Asian technological advances. Tata Motors, for example, has developed the world’s cheapest car and may offer lessons for other automobile developers.A panel on energy, technology, and innovation examined potential responses to challenges facing the region from climate change. R.K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and director of the Yale University Climate and Energy Institute, said climate change presents many challenges to the region. Rising sea levels coupled with more intense and more frequent storms will affect densely populated, low-lying regions like those in Bangladesh. He suggested that surging waves and heavy rains will become more frequent, while melting glaciers will threaten drinking water for many in the region who rely on glacier-fed rivers.“Where is the space in Bangladesh to which you can move?” asked Pachauri. “One is not talking about the entire coast becoming submerged. But major impacts from weather events, coastal flooding — these become increasingly severe as sea level rises.”Pachauri, who was joined on the panel by former SEAS Dean Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, who chaired the panel, said the Indian national plan to fight climate change recognizes that the country’s development can’t follow the Western pattern. Innovation, he said, will be important in improving the lives of India’s poorest citizens.One approach, aimed at the 400 million who don’t have access to electricity, uses a solar lantern program to provide lighting in rural areas. In the program, developed through the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, lanterns are charged daily by a local entrepreneur who generates electricity through solar panels. They are then taken out by area residents each night, and are returned in the morning for recharging.“You can’t minimize the importance of innovating for the poorest of the poor,” Pachauri said.last_img read more

Holistically Crimson

first_imgThis is part of a series about Harvard’s deep connections with Asia.SHANGHAI — “This experience wasn’t about going to class,” said Shaw Chen of the year he spent at Peking University.Chen, who graduated from Harvard in 2000, said his stint in Beijing as a Harvard-Yenching Fellow was formative for him, but not necessarily because of his classroom learning. Arriving at the campus in the fall of 1998 after a summer stint at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he took undergraduate classes with Chinese students and immersed himself in student life.Both on and off the campus, on train and bus trips through the country, he saw a nation that, though ancient, was stretching new economic muscles.“You could … see a real energy in China. You had a sense China was heading somewhere,” Chen said.China still is going places, only perhaps with even more energy than in 1998. And Chen, who is treasurer of the Harvard Club of Shanghai, has shifted from learning about how the nation was growing to helping it along. Chen today runs an investment firm in Shanghai and has seen tremendous changes in the markets over the past 15 years.When he began, Chen mainly dealt with Western companies seeking a foothold in the rapidly growing economy. Today, he still sees a lot of interest from foreign companies, but he also sees increasing activity by Chinese companies and individuals looking to invest outside China’s borders.“I’d say this is part of the larger story of China’s growing economic and geopolitical clout,” Chen said. “It’s a fascinating time to be a China watcher.”Chen’s family moved a lot when he was young. His parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and his father’s career path prompted the family to move regularly as Chen grew up. He lived in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Singapore, and Los Angeles.As he got older, Chen had his own wanderlust, spending the summer before coming to Harvard in Spain, the fellowship year in Beijing, and a summer traveling in Tibet with Eliot House roommate Daniel Forger ’99, before starting an internship in Hong Kong. He settled in Manhattan for a post-graduation bounce year that ended with him moving to Hong Kong the same week as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.When Chen arrived at Harvard in 1995, he thought his future lay in medicine, not international finance. He soon realized, however, that the heavy scientific course load, weighted with required laboratory time, was preventing him from exploring other interests, including his heritage.Chen said a chance encounter on the day he was moving in at Harvard Yard may have been a sign of things to come.“I was wandering around Harvard Square when a Tibetan family in traditional garb asked me for directions to the Charles Hotel,” Chen said. “I walked them to the hotel and followed them to a small conference room for what turned out to be a private audience with the Dalai Lama for the local Tibetan community. To say the least, it was an amazing welcome to Cambridge.”When he did take classes on China, he realized that he preferred them to biochemistry and switched to East Asian studies.“Harvard’s core curriculum offered a great selection of China-related electives. I started realizing I was really interested in this stuff,” Chen said.When Chen talks about his Harvard experience, the things that happened outside class were just as important as those within. He remembers working late nights at The Harvard Crimson, where he was an editor and design chair. He still sees bylines of fellow Crimson editors who went into journalism and said many remain his close friends. He remembers having to adjust to the general brilliance of his classmates and to the sense that he was “a small fish in a big pond.” He also recalls the difficulty of his first winter in Cambridge, which featured plenty of snow and a 100-year storm.“Coming from Southern California, I was not at all prepared for that winter. It was a shock to me,” Chen said. “The experience at Harvard can be challenging … You need to be very proactive to take advantage of what Harvard offers.”The campus experience got more familiar when his brother Jay arrived as a freshman the following year.“It was great having my brother on campus,” Chen said. “Jay was [in the Quad] his sophomore year, which made for a good excuse to trek up to Cabot House for weekend brunch and waffles.”Chen’s time at Peking University coincided with the Kosovo War, during which NATO planes inadvertently bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. The incident set off violent protests — in which many of Chen’s Chinese classmates took part — across China. There was a backlash against Americans that caused many foreign students to head for the airport. Chen stayed behind, even though he was sometimes harassed in Internet cafes and in class, where he was called out about the bombing by instructors.“It got really hostile for foreign students on campus,” Chen said. “A lot of people just left, but I stuck around.”After his post-graduation move to Hong Kong with Morgan Stanley, Chen found his way back to China when he joined Heineken, which was building local operations in Shanghai. Chen worked on the acquisitions of regional Chinese breweries and eventually joined a boutique private equity firm in Shanghai that handled Chinese investments for university endowments.Chen struck out on his own five years ago, founding an investment firm that today has offices in Shanghai and Chengdu, China.Kate McFarlin, president of the Harvard Club of Shanghai, described Chen as thoughtful and detail-oriented, with both wit and a strong commitment to the University. The two met at a Harvard alumni mixer after McFarlin moved to Shanghai, and both were elected officers to the club in 2005.“Shaw is someone you want on your side of the table,” McFarlin said. “I enjoy spending time with Shaw because he is incredibly intelligent and thoughtful, but also because he has a great, dry sense of humor and is quick to smile and crack a joke.”Chen and McFarlin will lead the organization for two more years. Even when he’s no longer club treasurer, Chen likely will stay in touch with his Harvard colleagues. He has found over the years that the Harvard community in Shanghai provides a strong foundation for friendship.“A lot of my closest friends in Shanghai are Harvard graduates, and not because I knew them then or sought them out. We’re all quite different, but have some sort of understanding, a shared sense of purpose,” Chen said. “The Harvard experience is not just the classroom, it’s the entire experience, holistically Crimson. Having this community here is pretty important.”last_img read more

Zika Virus Research

first_imgA newly published study from researchers working in collaboration with the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia demonstrates fetal death and brain damage in early chick embryos similar to microcephaly — a rare birth defect linked to the Zika virus, now alarming health experts worldwide.The team, led by Forrest Goodfellow, a graduate student in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, developed a neurodevelopmental chick model that could mimic the effects of Zika on first trimester development. Historically, chick embryos have been extensively used as a model for human biology.Early last spring, Goodfellow began inoculating chick embryos with a virus strain originally sourced from the Zika outbreak epicenter.”We wanted a complete animal model, closely to that of a human, which would recapitulate the microcephaly phenotype,” said Goodfellow, who recently presented the findings at the Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Conference.The RBC team, which included Melinda Brindley, an assistant professor of virology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Qun Zhao, associate professor of physics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, suggests that the chick embryo provides a useful model to study the effects of Zika, in part because of its significant similarity to human fetal neurodevelopment and rapid embryonic process.”Now we can look quickly, at greater numbers, and more closely at a multitude of different strains and possibly identify the critical window of susceptibility for Zika virus-induced birth defects,” said Brindley. “With this approach, we can continue to further design and test therapeutic efficacy.”The challenge today is processing and producing therapeutic antibodies in preparation for unpredictable disease outbreaks. Having an active pathogen threat like Zika that can jump across continents reinforces the need for therapeutic innovation.Early stage chick embryos are readily available and low in cost, Goodfellow explained. Development within the egg (in ovo) provides an environment that can be easily accessed by high-speed automation. Poultry automation in the Southeast is impressive, and the industry is now using robotic technology, Goodfellow said.”With egg injection automation and embryo viability technology, we could test tens of thousands of potential therapeutic compounds in a single day,” he said.Since 2011, under the mentorship of Steven Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, Goodfellow has worked extensively with eggs and chickens. In a previous project with Stice and Zhao, the team developed a unique approach of marrying stem cell biology and MRI to track and label neural stem cells.”We knew we could look at the brain structure, shape and size with MRI, but what we captured was evidence that the infection caused MRI-visible damage, and the total brain volume was substantially smaller,” said Stice, faculty lead and principal investigator of the study. “From this finding, our data provides a rationale for targeting future therapeutic compounds in treating early-stage microcephaly to stop or slow the progress of the disease.”The study, “Zika Virus Induced Mortality and Microcephaly in Chicken Embryos,” is available online.This work was supported in part by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR grant (83555101), National Science Foundation under the Science and Technology Center, and grant S10RR023706 from the National Center for Research Resources.last_img read more