Sunday, December 20, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Prosper at age 13 on the North Dakota prairies
Prosper was a very wide running dog who would always show to the front. And, above all, he was a bird finder. I remember well training on the prairies one summer when Prosper was in his prime. Dr. Boser and I had been running derbies for much of the morning, and we hadn't found a single bird. The weather was hot, and we were heading back to the horse trailer to call it a day. When we got back to the trailer, we decided that we couldn't head back to camp without any birds. So, Roger put Prosper on the ground, the same grounds we had just run 2 braces of derbies through with no birds. Prosper had 4 finds in 30 minutes, and was wide and moving forward when Roger went to reel him in.Prosper was a genuine bird dog, who lived to hunt and work for his boss. He was truly one of the great ones. The National Red Setter Field Trial Club extends condolences to Dr. Roger and Mary Boser. The great ones always seem to leave us too soon.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Most vaccines are made from animal tissue. Seasonal Influenza vaccine, for example, is made from hundreds of millions of embryonated chicken eggs -- one fertile chicken egg for every vaccine dose. Monkey, pig, and guinea pig cells are used to culture various other vaccines.
Several important vaccines are cultured on human fetal tissue obtained through voluntary abortions in the 1960s. Vaccines cultured on various strains of human fetal issue include vaccines for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. All Chickenpox, Hepatitis A, and Rubella vaccines are derived from human fetal tissue cultures.
The very idea of seasonal vaccines is an admission that things evolve. In the case of influenza, this evolution is so rapid and predictable that science can normally create the next vaccine in anticipation of the next evolutionary turn of the virus.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Congratulations to Brownhaven Steel Magnolia, aka "Rachel" who recently took the blue in a 16 dog Open Gun Dog stake and finished her Field Championship. Rachel is now a Field Champion, Amateur Field Champion, and also was the RU 2009 ISCA National Champion. Best wishes to Rachel and her owner Jim Baker as well as her handler Sherry Ebert.