2nd person cured of HIV after 30 months virus-free, thanks to stem cell transplant

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The cells without the CCR5 gene were part of a bone marrow transplant, which the person was undergoing as a treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.

Following the transplant, and at 30 months after the person ceased antiretroviral therapy, doctors confirmed that the HIV viral load remained undetectable in blood samples.

This finding means that whatever traces of the virus’s genetic material might still be in the system, they are so-called fossil traces, meaning that they cannot lead to further replication of the virus.

The specialists confirmed that HIV also remained undetectable in samples of cerebrospinal fluid, semen, intestinal tissue, and lymphoid tissue.

Source: MedicalNewsToday

Phoenix Suns Will Play The Remainder Of Its Season In NBA 2K20 On Twitch

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The Western Conference team has announced plans to play out the remainder of its season using NBA 2K20. In a post on Twitter, the Suns revealed that it will be using the popular basketball game to complete the team’s schedule, with each game streaming live on Twitch. The first matchup takes place tomorrow, March 14, when the virtual Suns will be taking on the virtual Dallas Mavericks.

Source: GameSpot

17-year-old British teen becomes viral sensation with ‘Wash Your Lyrics’ website — where any song is a 20 second jingle to keep hands clean

On Wash Your Lyrics, users can just enter the title of a favorite song and artist and the site automatically generates a poster that pairs the lyrics to a 13-step hand washing routine.

On Sunday, the Banbury and Bicester College student took to social media to promote the link to the not-for-profit website — created in a day — because he “felt so sad singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to” himself every time he washed his hands.

Source: NY Daily News

Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) Students Barred From Watching Basketball Games As Coronavirus Precaution, Still Expected To Show Up To Classes

College basketball conferences across the nation are concerned about the spreading of COVID-19. In the case of the Big West Conference, the league decided Tuesday that no fans will be allowed to attend its men’s and women’s postseason tournaments this week at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid and Honda Center in Anaheim.

Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram

The Fujinon 14.5-45mm T2.0 Premier PL Zoom Lens is listed at $99,000 on Adorama

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The Fujinon 14.5-45mm T2.0 Premier PL Zoom Lens is made for Super 35mm format film and digital cinema cameras and it will render an ultra-wide to normal angle-of-view. The 14.5-45mm lens comes from Fujinon’s Premier PL family of zoom lenses, which share a 136mm front barrel diameter, a 280deg. focus barrel rotation, gear placement and comparable size and weight. It is designed to enable quick lens changes and provide excellent color and optical quality.

Source: Adorama

How #MeToo concerns led Disney to cut a popular character from the live action ‘Mulan’ remake

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All eyes are already on Walt Disney’s live-action remake of its 1998 animated favorite Mulan due to its reported $200 million price tag and global release plan at a time when coronavirus concerns have led some high-profile blockbusters to switch release dates. Now there’s another piece of news that has fans concerned: the new adaptation will omit a popular character from the original film, Li Shang, voiced by B.D. Wong. In the 1998 version, Shang captained the army that the titular female warrior (Ming-Na Wen) joins under the guise of being a male recruit named Ping. Like Shang’s signature song goes, he somehow makes men out of his soldiers-in-training and, in the process, finds himself drawn to Ping in particular. By the end of the movie, romance has blossomed between the captain and his best fighter, whose real identity is exposed before the climactic battle.

It’s that kind of questionable power dynamic between a superior and a subordinate that the creative team — including director Niki Caro — behind the 2020 version wanted to avoid in their telling of the ancient Chinese legend that serves as Mulan’s source material. Speaking with the website Collider and other journalists as part of a set visit, producer Jason Reed said that Shang’s burgeoning romance with Mulan (played by Liu Yifei) didn’t make sense in the #MeToo era. “I think particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate,” Reed remarked. “In a lot of ways that it was sort of justifying behavior of we’re doing everything we can to get out of our industry.”

Source: Yahoo