Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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NIH approves second stem
cell line from'U'
em cells to aid disorder that affects motor and
sensory nerves. In the United
finding CMT States, approximately one in
2,500 people is affected by CMT,
treatments which still has no known cure but
can be treated with physical and
By JOSH QIAN occupational therapy.
ByJOS QIANAccording to the NIH, after
Daily StaffReporter a stem cell line istestablished, it
as than three months after can be grown indefinitely, and the
nissity's irst thuan replicated cells may be stored and
Unversity's first human distributed to other scientists to
ionic stem cell line was use in other research.
red and added to the The researchers who receive
sal Institutes of Health the cells may "engineer" them to
y, the University hasabeen treat diseases or develop meth-
d permission to add a see- ods for procedures like stem cell
:em cell line, the 153rd stem transplantation.
ie to be registered with the Medical School Prof. Gary
Smith ,co-director of the Con-
regilte stem cell sortium for Stem Cell Therapies,
re available to all research developed the most recent stem
ts that receive funding cell line.
:he NIH. The University is The stem cell research efforts
ly school from the Big Ten would not have been possible if
rence to have successfully Michigan voters did not pass Pro-
so to the registry and posal 2, a constitutional amend-
so submitted two other cell ment to allow citizens to donate
bat are still pending review, embryos from fertility treatments
ie University's most recent that would otherwise be discard-
on to the registry is human ed.
onic stem cell line UMll- "The acceptance of these cells
developed from 30 cells to the registry demonstrates our
ed from a donated embryo. attentionto details of proper over-
e embryonic cells, which sight, consenting and following of
donated to the University NIH guidelines," Smith said.
1 h iQcaiiyci ininiirLrucu
ush says social seen at 12:30 a.m. Sunday parked
outside a friend's house on Ann
lets spread word Street, a few hours after police
had met with his friends and
about Moss roommates tryingto find him.
He added that the friend who
GIACOMO BOLOGNA noticed the car parked in front of
ManagingDaily Editor his house had not had any contact
with Moss and saw that the car
A senior Brice Moss was was gone later Sunday morning.
ed missing on Saturday Flocken said it was known
oon, but he is believed to that Moss had friends at Tulane
een in Ann Arbor early Sun- University, Michigan State Uni-
norning. His whereabouts versity, Eastern Michigan Uni-
rrently unknown. versity and Central Michigan
oss's case has been publi- University.
on Twitter and Facebook by Flocken explained that the
ers of the University com- case will now be turned over to
y, and many people have the Ann Arbor Police Detective
rded information includ- Bureau. He added that similar
here he was last seen in an missing persons cases are unusual
pt to locate him. but not unheard of and said he is
cording to Sgt. Craig optimistic that the case will be
en of the Ann Arbor Police resolved within the next two days.
tment in an interview Sun- Two of Moss's housemates,
ght, Moss's family reported who wish to remain anonymous,
missing to the AAPD after said they don't know where Moss
g to Ann Arbor for the com- is and declined to comment on
ment ceremony. several topics, including wheth-
cording to University er they knew if Moss had been
swoman Kelly Cunning- enrolled in classes during the year
the University has not con- and if they thought he seemed dis-
a degree on Moss and there traught duringthe last few weeks.
record of Moss graduat- "We don't want to answer any
:turday. Moss's name is not questions that don't add value to
in the 2012 Spring Com- finding Brice Moss," one house-
ment program. mate said.
unningham added that The first housemate said Face-
was enrolled in classes at book, through which most people
niversity from summer 2008 have heard about Moss, has not
winter 2011 but has not been been completely accurate.
ed at the University since "People maybe know a small
19, 2011. thing so they post something, but
an interview yesterday, they're way off," he said. "Some
) spokeswoman Lt. Renee people even posted that he had a
said the AAPD is currently different car in the beginning."
uing investigation. The housemates stressed the
)ur detectives are actively importance of Moss's safety.
ng on it and we're hopeful "It's about finding him, it's not
ptimistic that ... the case will about learning about his life," the
olved," she said. housemate said.
ush added that the use of
er and Facebook could help Anyone with information regard-
ding Moss. ing this investigation is encour-
'm very hopeful that with aged to call the Ann Arbor Police
s contact with social media Department at 734-994-2911 or
g the word out, I'm hoping theDepartment ofPublic Safety at
'each out wherever he is to 734-763-1131.
ct someone," Bush said.
loss was reportedly last seen This is a developing story. Check
0 a.m. Saturday in Kerry- back at michigandaily.com for
on Ann Street. Flocken said updates.
:APD followed up on the
t late Saturday night. Managing News Editor
locken said Moss's car, a Anna Rozenberg contributed
999 Lincoln Town Car, was to this report.
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HEALTH FOOD FEATURE
Beet Box busts out a new rhythm
ithy foods made LSA juniors Alex Perlman, Peter
Ward and Kendra Hall. The Beet
y by student-run Box is a health-empowerment food
cart that opened shop in the Mark's
organization Carts collective on March 30.
Residents of the Ann Arbor area
By JOHN BOHN may have noticed a group of stu-
Daily Arts Writer dents walking around this past
December handing out samples of
classic tale of beginnings: baked cauliflower with a yogurt
udents studying abroad in feta sauce, topped with pomegran-
decide to combine seem- ate seeds and mint leaves - what
lisparate interests into a they would call "healthy fast food."
s concept. The students are This is just one of the many "strong
nior Kay Feker and Busi- food" dishes to be tasted at The Beet
ior Dan Morse, and as they Box. "Strong food" is a term coined
ed in the campaign video on by these entrepreneurs for the
oup's website, these seem- contents of a one-of-a-kind menu
sparate interests were food including such features as baked
ping others realize their full kale chips, an East-meets-West
al. taco featuring a traditional Mexi-
result was The Beet Box, can style with Indian seasoning and
starter project headed by roasted beet quinoa.
and Feker and assisted by "The biggest angle on our menu
is that we're only serving food that
betters you," Morse said. "By eat-
ing it, the cauliflower will help you
think clearer, the kale chips will
help build your body, the pome-
granate will improve your mood,
and it's all these different compo-
nents that improve the way you
In addition to the health ben-
efits of these foods, The Beet Box
will also be sourcing all their
foods locally, through either the
Ann Arbor Food Co-op or the Ann
Arbor Farmer's Market, which has
become an increasingly popular
trend due to the benefits of sus-
taining the local economy and the
added nutritional benefits of fresh
produce free of preservatives.
Both of these benefits tie into the
philosophy behind The Beet Box,
where the health food initiative,
already a strong theme in the Ann
Arbor community, is only one part
of the revolutionary whole.
"I thinkthat(sourcinglocal food)
also ties into our greater concept,"
Morse said. "Beinga restaurant that
not only serves the community, but
completely engages and creates the
To do this, The Beet Box syn-
thesizes the approaches to the
individual and the community.
Along with the benefits of sustain-
ing the local economy through
local produce, The Beet Box also
plans to create an alliance of local
health causes and health-promot-
ing non-profits by donating a por-
tion of the price of each meal to
"We declare that our mis-
sion is empowering people to be
healthy," Morse said. "And every
single business or non-profit in
the community becomes our part-
ner because they agree with that
Another edification of this alli-
ance and its resulting commu-
nity is a twist on an old formula:
Instead of giving a recurring cus-
tomer a free meal after so many
purchases, they'll receive a free
pass to a yoga or dance class with-
in the community.
"We're transforming the rela-
tion between the person behind
the counter and you," Morse said.
"You're giving them channels to
be healthy, and you're giving them
influence to be healthy."
The Beet Box is a place where
students can not only eat a quick,
healthy meal to the sweet sounds
of Motown, but also meet others
with a similar passion and togeth-
er join this vertex to a commu-
nity founded on the celebration of
health and empowerment.
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By JULIAN AIDAN
Daily Arts Writer
As someone who really likes
video games, I can saythat I was not
alone in being completely under-
whelmed by the launch of Sony's
handheld powerhouse, PlayStation
Vita. A little more than a month
after its release, the PS Vita has yet
to make a significant splash.
Yet, the PlayStation Vita is a
sweet piece of hardware. Even the
most jaded of nerds aren't left indif-
ferent by the specs: two on-board
quad-core processors, a five-inch
touchscreen, two analog sticks (one
more than its previous iteration, the
PlayStation Portable) and your stan-
dard d-pad and array of four Play-
station buttons, among others. For
those not versed in gaming lingo,
the PlayStation Vita is a stacked
handheld portable gaming platform
that is more than capable of housing
high-end single- and multi-player
content. So why hasn't anything
significant happened in the last five
For one, portable gaming has
(mostly) been relegated to iPhones/
Androids and their respective apps.
People have started to move away
from hours spent playing Pokdmon,
opting for that 30-second reprieve
offered by a round of "Draw Some-
thing" or the quick satisfaction of
smashing pigs into oblivion, a la
While the casual gaming mar-
ket has expanded many-fold with
the advent of smartphones, more
hardcore thrill-seekers can find
refuge in some of the higher-end
games available for their iPhones/
Androids without having to carry
around a second item. "Infinity
Blade," for example, is a game with
respectable graphics and immersive
gameplay available on the iPhone
that received a great bit of praise for
its use of the available hardware.
Additionally, the PS Vita is falling
into the same traps as its predeces-
sor. The PlayStation Portable never
lived up to expectations despite
a series of good releases and re-
releases, as well as the massive
success of the "Monster Hunter"
series. The Nintendo DS and 3DS,
comparatively, acquired a large
portion of the casual gaming mar-
ket through adorable gimmicks
like "Nintendogs" and the release
of quality content. Nintendo's 3DS
has been smashing the PlayStation
Vita's sales almost every week since
The quality of content being
released on traditional consoles
PlayStation Vita not up to par
(PC, Xbox 360, PS3) is so much
higher than what's available on the
Vita - which is admittedly very
high-end, especially when com-
pared to previous capabilities of
past handheld platforms, but it isn't
necessarilyworth the investment to
someone who has access to the mil-
lions of fun, low-intensity games on
Vita can't beat
Through Vita, Sony appeared
to be attempting to appeal to the
small niche of gamers who are
excited enough about high-end
hardware to buy a PlayStation
Vita, but who don't own a smart-
phone. The biggest issue with
this strategy lies with the Vita's
current library. It's essentially a
string of small-name games with
no distinctive draws to make them
stand out. In other words, (mostly)
underwhelming rehashes, includ-
ing a game with "Okami"-style
painting mechanics that becomes
cumbersome and boring, a poor
NA MCO R AN DAI
The Powerpuff girl's hotline must be ringing off the hook.
"Ridge Racer" port, an average
"Katamari" release with the exact
same gameplay as the last few,
the umpteenth iteration of Major
League Baseball games and a
high-quality Playstation 3 port of
the infuriatingly difficult "Ninja
Gaiden" series. Cool.
Looking over all the popu-
lar and soon to be released 3DS
games, we have a ton of cutesy
games that do everything but
promise an intense gaming experi-
ence - "Funky Barn 3D," "Horses
3D" and "Girls RPG: Cinderellife"
don't sound as enticing as "Ridge
Racer" or "Sumioni: Demon Arts,"
but they appeal to a larger group
of individuals who probably won't
care so much about how terrible
the games are.
Sony's PlayStation Vita
attempts to fill a niche that's too
small with a library that's too dull
while going against some tough
competition. It's an awesome sys-
tem that lacks the support and
demand needed for serious suc-
cess, and until the Vita gets its
own set of high-octane releases,