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STAPLETON
From Page 1A
the end zone so quickly it appears
to the untrained eye that you tele-
ported there.
And right after, the poor defense
has to get back on the field! If you
think about it, it really isn't fair.
And this isn't the first time this
has happened. Remember the first
score against Notre Dame? That
pass to redshirt sophomore Roy
Roundtree? Yeah, that took you a
whopping five seconds to complete.
Even later in the game, you started
one scoring drive from the two-
yard line. The defense was antici-
pating along, sustained drive, but
you couldn't resist, could you? You
just HAD to eat up 87 yards on one
run. Goodness gracious.
You may be thinking, But Joe,
Ijust take what the defense gives
me. How can you expect me to think
STEM CELLS
From Page 1A
conditions impact the derivation of
human embryonic stem cells.
"This line in itself is what we
could consider a normal embryonic
stem cell line so it does not have any
genetic abnormalities," Smith said.
In the future, researchers hope
to create lines that contain genetic
defects, which can be used to study
specific diseases such as Hunting-
ton's and Parkinson's disease.
"There are very few, if any, dis-
ease specific lines on the registry,"
Smith said.
The National Institutes of Health
registry currently contains 75
human embryonic stem cell lines.
Once University researchers gen-
erate enough cells for distribution,
they plan to submit an application to
the NIH and offer the line - which
would become number 76 - for the
registry.
Since U.S. District Court Judge
Royce Lamberth blocked federal
funding for embryonic stem cell
research in August, researchers
have been concerned that scientists
will not be able to use the line if the
ruling remains in place. Smith said
the field is "in a bit of turmoil," and
he hopes the U.S. Court of Appeals
willoverturnthe decisionso Univer-
sity researchers can carry on with
their work.
"The responsible thing to do for
us is to actually make these lines
compatible with being on the regis-

about how much timeI'm spending
on thefield whenI have all the other
responsibilities of a starting quar-
terback to think about? Solid point.
Here's mine: Iam thoroughly
convinced you can do anything you
feel like on a football field, whether
you know it or not.
You hold defenses in the palm of
your hand. They are at your will.
You alone decide their fate, and
with a slight clench of your fist, you
can grind them to dust. DUST, I
say! - (ahem) sorry... I got a little
excited. That was embarrassing.
Anyway, I've seen you do things
on a football field I never thought
possible. So is it really that much
of a stretch to ask you to not only
orchestrate the offense, run the
ball, pass the ball, occasionally kick
the ball and conductcgame-winning
drives, but to also make sure you
give the defense some rest on the
sideline? I don't think so. Maybe it
won't make a huge difference, but
try and then let the politics make its
wayout," he said.
Sue O'Shea, co-director of the
Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies
and a professor of cell and develop-
mental biology, said in an interview
the plan is to make the line available
on the registry so researchers at the
University and other institutions
canuse it.
"Otherwise, there is not much
point in makingthe cell line," O'Shea
said.
While University researchers
now know what it takes to produce
a human embryonic stem cell line,
Smith said all future lines are "going
to take time."
"The kind of the interestingthing
here is that not many people have
done this," he said. "As you do it, you
realize you can't really speed up the
process."
However, Smith said the goal is to
work on multiple lines at the same
time so that more than one can be
generated every few months.
"Hopefully, as we ramp up here,
we'll be able to do a few lines at a
time and have them overlapping,"
he said.
Accordingto the press release, the
stem cell line was derived from a five-
day-old embryo about the size of the
period at the end of this sentence. A
patient who no longer needed the
embryo for reproductive purposes
donated it to the University.
In November 2008, Michigan
voters passed a ballot initiative
called Proposal 2 that allows women
to donate unwanted embryos for

right now, that defense needs all
the help it can get.
Of course, make sure you're still
scoring around five or six touch-
downs per game - even with the
defense getting more rest, some-
thing tells me you'll still need to
score a heckuva lot of points for
Michigan to win. Shouldn't be too
much of an issue - you've scored
at least two touchdowns in each
game since the season opener, and
against Bowling Green you only
needed a quarter to do that.
That's not asking too much, is
it? Wait - I forgot one thing: stay
healthy. I know the media has been
saying that so much it's becoming
a cliche, but justthought I'd men-
tion it.
You can do all that, right?
I mean, after all, you are Denard
Robinson.
- Joe Stapleton can be
reached at jstaple@umich.edu.
research. Before the proposal, fertil-
ityclinicswere forcedtothrowthem
away.
Since January, four couples have
donated approximately 20 embryos
to the University, and Smith said
many people have contacted him
about donating.
"At least once a week we have
interactions with somebody who's
wanting to donate embryos," he said.
Besides generating a new stem
cell line, researchers are making
induced pluripotent stem cells - a
technique that involves repro-
gramming adult body cells to have
therapeutic capabilities similar to
embryonic stem cells. Pluripotent
cells are deemed less controversial
because they can be derived from a
patient's own cells.
O'Shea said researchers will be
able to use pluripotent cells to study
disease progression and look at
factors that interfere with disease
growth.
"It has real potential (to be used)
in drug development for diseases
that develop over time," she said.
After years of stem cell research
restrictions, Smith said it's "been a
long road" in gettingto this point.
"Even before Proposal 2 passed,
this is something that many of us
talked about and looked toward the
future for," he said. "When we got
our first embryo, when we got our
approval, when we got the first lines
growing, when we found out that
they were genetically normal - all of
these little steps have been exciting
and rewarding."

BIKE LANES
From Page 1A
placed. It can take a construction
crew anywhere from 10 minutes
to one hour to install a sign if it
needs to drill through concrete.
"As travelers, we don't real-
ize the difference between put-
ting up a sign in a lawn area as
opposed to erecting a sign in an
area that has a sidewalk," Cooper
said.
The weather can also present
difficulties when installing bike
lanes. In order for the white paint
used to mark bike lanes to adhere
to the street, the pavement must
be above a certain temperature.
If the pavement is the wrong
temperature, the thick lines and
"sharrow" - which stands for
"shared road" - emblem may
not survive harsh weather condi-
tions.
A sharrow is a traffic sym-
bol painted on pavement, which
shows a white bicycle picture
with two chevron arrows above
the bicycle. The sharrow indi-
cates the location in the road
where a cyclist should ride to
ensure his or her safety.
Sharrows are placed in areas
where the road isn't wide enough
for a standard bike lane, but bicy-
tle traffic is still heavy. They can

be found in downtown Ann Arbor
and in low-speed areas through-
out the city, particularly where
curbside vehicles are parked. The
symbol serves as a reminder that
the roadway needs to be shared
appropriately, Cooper said.
"It's a comprehensive approach
to creating a visual environment
where the motorist should be
aware that they need to be driv-
ing slowly," Cooper said. "We
want cyclists to feel welcome in
the street, and we want motorists
to be alert that cyclists are likely
to be present."
Safe cycling is a critical ele-
ment to the development of the
new bike lanes. As a cyclist him-
self, Cooper said he is aware of
the dangers that a cyclist is likely
to encounter.
"I know the different feeling
and perception I have of being
safe when I'm in a segregated
bike lane, as opposed to when I'm
riding in mixed traffic," he said.
Despite the proper signage and
security measures, bike safety
can only be ensured by the indi-
vidual, Cooper added.
"I firmly believe that I do have.
rights as a cyclist, but it is really
important to defend myself and
be absolutely aware of what's
going on around me," Cooper
said. "Each cyclist has a respon-
sibility to themselves and their

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 5A
health and well being."
LSA junior Kayla Paulson, who
rides her bicycle to class, said she
would like to see more bike lanes
installed around campus - add-
ing that bike lanes make it safer
for cyclists like herself.
"The bikes aren't really watch-
ing for the cars, and the tars
aren't really watching for bikes,"
Paulson said.
Safe and suitable transpor-
tation is valued not only by the
city but also by the University,
according to Jim Kosteva, the
University's director of commu-
nity relations.
"We're prepared to cooperate
as best as we can with the city in
providing amenities and support
for alternative transportation,"
Kosteva said. "We work with the
city in trying to incorporate all
modes of transportation in our
own projects."
As the city and the University
continue to accommodate resi-
dents and students by providing
an even more efficient bike-lane
system, officials are hopeful that
the number of cyclists will grow.
"We're not putting stripes on
the street just to put stripes on
the street," Cooper said. "We
have a goal, and our goal is to see
the level of cycling increase to be
among the leading communities
nationally."

LIQUOR
From Page 1A
a limited amount of disposable
income," Drennan said. "When
they don't have it they manage to
find it and find a way to come in
and have a good time."
Drennan said that he has
seen some customers hold back
because they're tight on spending
money, but it hasn't been an over-
all trend.
"We've noticed a little pinch in
some of our guests' spending hab-
its," he said.
While some have been pinch-
ing pennies, Charley's customers
haven't adjusted their preferenc-
es to make buying a round cheap-
er, Drennan said.
"It's still the same kind of mix
between draft sales and liquor
sales," Drennan said.
But other local bars have
noticed that customers' drink
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choices are changing based on
their costs.
Chris Hesse, owner and man-
ager of Rick's American Cafe,
said the bar has definitely noticed
a change in the types of sales at
the bar.
"The liquor and the type of
drink people are drinking are
definitely the lower-end drink,"
Hesse said. "We've found our-
selves trying to special some of
the higher-end drinks to keep
them moving that we wouldn't
typically special."
Due to a combination of the ail-
ing economy, student preference
and Rick's specials, Hesse said
beer sales have greatly increased
at the cafe.
"Beer numbers have gone up
for us dramatically in the last
two years. Our bottles sales have
increased, and our draft sales
have decreased," Hesse said,
attributing this difference to a
Rick's promotion.

Statewide liquor retailers have
also noticed a more acute change
in the type of alcohol patrons
purchased last year. Andrea Mill-
er, spokeswoman for the Michi-
gan Liquor Control Commission,
said sales of less-expensive liquor
have been increasing as custom-
ers are holding back because of
the economy.
"What we found is that people
are definitely still buying liquor,
they just weren't buying anymore
top-shelf liquor," Miller said.
"The cheaper, bottom-shelf, sec-
ond-shelf liquors were just sell-
ing more."
Lorin Brace, manager of Vil-
lage Corner, said most of the
store's expensive liquors have
still sold, except for top-shelf
scotch. But overall, Brace said
Village Corner's profits have
been steady.
"There hasn't really been any
difference," Brace said. "People
still buy liquor."

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