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Lab Meat, Eating for a Boy or a Girl

Bill Radke

The long-anticipated Pennsylvania Democratic primary took place this week, and Hillary Clinton won by about 9 percentage points. Her supporters say it's a win that turns the tide, but supporters of Barack Obama point out that it didn't make much difference in terms of their man's overall delegate lead. Meanwhile, Clinton was able to raise $10 million in the 24 hours following the primary, and the battle for the nomination will go on. Pennsylvania results: good news, bad news, or no news?

What if you could have meat without killing an animal -- or without even having an animal? The animal rights group PETA is offering a $1-million reward to anyone who can develop a commercially viable in vitro chicken meat product. But the food must not contain "animal-derived products, except for starter cells obtained in the initial development stages." The idea is to use technologies already being explored for organ transplants, and use it for food. Fake meat in a lab: good news, bad news, or no news?

Eat lots of nutrients while you're pregnant, you'll have a boy. Eat light, it's a girl. That's according to a report from Oxford and Exeter universities in England. Gender is still determined by chromosomes, of course. But a study found that a woman's body, with higher energy intake, was more likely to develop a male embryo than a female embryo. The difference was not overwhelming, but it was noticeable. Also, women who ate breakfast cereal, the study says, had more boys. Breakfast menus as gender predictors: good news, bad news, or no news?

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