Between 2005-2006, Sheila LaBarre killed two of her boyfriends because she believed all the men in her life were pedophiles and that she was an angel whom God had sent here to punish pedophiles. She was caught after police found charred remains in her home of a man who was last seen covered in cuts, being pushed in a wheelchair by LaBarre.
During the trial, LaBarre stated that it could be proven that she committed the murders, so all the jury needed to do was decide whether she was sane or not based on what the defense provided them about her mental health. After much deliberation, she was found sane at the time of the murders and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole on June 20, 2008.
Fluid surrounding babies in the womb could be a valuable source of stem cells for medical treatment. Pregnant women often undergo a medical procedure known as amniocentesis (pictured) during the first trimester to test for genetic disorders such as Downs Syndrome. Stem cells from the fluid collected in this way have been analysed by researchers keen to find an alternative to using embryos. The trick is to source cells that retain the ability to develop into any adult cell type. Previous research has shown that adult stem cells can be reprogrammed to behave like their embryonic counterparts, but only by introducing extra genes into their DNA. Grown on a gelatinous protein mixture in the lab, the stem cells from pregnant donors were chemically reprogrammed into an immature, flexible state very like that of those from the embryo. Bone, liver and nerve cells were all successfully grown from the samples.
Written by Brona McVittie
Working on human anatomy for class… I rather like how this turned out
pronunciation | \ka-‘fU-nA\ (ka-foo-nay)