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Breaking News: Baldness Can Kill Your Cat!

BREAKING NEWS ON BALD CATS!!!!!!

Hairless Cat
Hairless Cat

A blog headline declares, "Baldness Drug Causes Heart Failure in Cats." No headline has intrigued me this much since my investigation into the May 2007 discovery that fruit flies have free will.

But cats dying from using a Rogaine-like substance?

Not quite. After doing extensive research (um, typing a few words into Google), I discovered the source of the story: The Sydney Morning Herald, which reports that a man who was using an unnamed baldness drug discovered his cat was really sick.

"Ed Dunn, of Bondi, thought Luna, his 11-year-old domestic shorthair cat was just being playful on August 3, when she started grooming his head," we're told. Luna got a mouthful, and the medicine nearly "licked" the cat. But apparently Luna has nine lives. Ed Dunn, however, may now be dealing with the ugly specter of cat-tongue-pattern hair growth...

THE DNA OF A GOOD TIME

If you want a break from the stressful tedium of work by attending a fun conference, I've got just the getaway. It arrived in the email:

INDUSTRY EXPERTS AND GLOBAL REGULATORS TO DISCUSS OLIGONUCLEOTIDE-BASED THERAPEUTICS ISSUES

Book now before this action-packed good time in late October is sold out. Panel discussions include: siRNAs (wha?), Non-Hybridization Dependent Oligonucleotides, Antisense Oligonucleotide Discovery and Development, and Emerging Oligonucleotide Issues.

Btw, an "oligonucleotide" is defined as "a molecule usually composed of 25 or fewer nucleotides," but you already knew that.

BATH MAN E-MAIL

Blogger Jason Jepson e-mailed me about the Burger King employee who took a bath in the sink:

"Great piece on the Burger King bather and the high end eateries feeling the pinch. At least one place could save some money and the taxpayers some money by employing the Burger King bather… I am sure his one year contract is a steal in the restaurant world… I mean I just got that kid off waivers in my fantasy restaurant league – I also dropped Mortons and picked up Nine…"

Meantime, Jepson blogs about new cellphone rules laid out in Airport Business, for workers at private jet service areas called FBOs, including rules suggesting employees not talk on their personal cells while helping a client. No kidding?

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