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Legacy of Progress
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A Day at Banner Lodge
Mills Along the River
Best Fish Nets in America
The Coops Go Up in Smoke
Constant Waterman Journal
Memories of Meat
The Last Whaler
Old Chimney Stacks
East Haddam in 1913
Ode to a River Town
Early East Haddam

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CT Barns
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CONNECTICUT TELEVISION

As We Tell Our Stories
Between Boston & NY
Colt: Legend & Legacy
Connecticut & the Sea
Crusaders & Criminals
East of the River
From Here to There
The Green
The Mark of Uncas
The New Pequot
The Real Bob Steele
Schemitzun!
Suburbia: The Good Life?
USS Nautilus
Working the Land

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The Larger Picture: DNA

All life on Earth follows a code that is remarkably simple at its base, yet complex in its adaptation.  The code is of only four chemical letters, A, C, G, and T, arranged in three-letter words on a very long string called DNA.  The code describes the order in which amino acids must be connected to form the proteins that build the organism.  Each of the 20 amino acids is coded by a particular three-letter word on the DNA.  So four letters are used to make words that code for each of the 20 amino acids, which build tens of thousands of proteins for life so diverse as to defy enumeration.  Yet the same word is used for each amino acid in everything from bacteria to human beings.

A bacterial cell fends for itself, struggling to multiply and outnumber any other cellular competitors.  Each human cell is part of a team that must work together.  In bacteria, if its DNA is damaged, it may die or it may actually compete better with other cells for survival.  In a human cell, if its DNA is damaged it is supposed to have the discipline to kill itself; this is called “Programmed Cell Death” or “Apoptosis”.

Apoptosis is currently a hot topic in cancer research because sometimes a damaged cell refuses to kill itself, and decides it is no longer part of the person.  It begins to fend for itself, struggling to multiply and outnumber any other cellular competitors.  This, then, is cancer.  Our immune system finds and kills most invading bacteria.  But cancer cells look enough like ourselves that they may go unnoticed until it is too late.

Cancer is a disease beginning in a single cell, and results from damage to the genetic code of DNA.  The nature of this damage has become increasingly well understood.  First is damage causing the cell to forget it is part of a community of cells working together, and second is damage causing the cell to refuse its duty to kill itself.  However, the reasons why the damage occurs are not so clear.  For some of the common cancers, their causes have been at least partly explained: the rise in lung cancer occurs because people pick up the habit of smoking, liver cancer in Africa and Asia is caused by aflatoxin in moldy food and by spread of hepatitis viruses, a fall in stomach cancer happens when people start using refrigerators that prevent food spoilage, and more than half the risk of colon cancer is explained by sedentary lifestyle and diet.

For breast cancer, however, the cause of the epidemic as societies industrialize is entirely unclear; breast cells in women in the modern world are suffering the DNA damage leading to cancer in ever-increasing numbers. We don’t know why. 

The international race to find the causes of breast cancer is the subject of THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER, a one-hour documentary being developed for broadcast on U.S. PBS stations and international channels.. Watch for more information coming soon.

GREEN
RESOURCES

SERIES SNEAK PEEK

For an advance look of what our series Natural Home Living is about,  check out the Natural Home magazine site.

THE SOLAR SOLUTION

Mother Earth News Contributing Editor Steve Heckeroth explains why solar energy is the solution to our fossil-fueled crisis.

THE WONDER OF WIND

Another recent Mother article artfully argues for windmills and wind farms as a "higher order of beauty" that can provide a significant percentage of our electricity.

TOP 10 ECO PROBLEMS

Why and how business can profit with strategic environmental thinking  is the topic  of "Green to Gold," by eco-consultants Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston.

Here is their concise listing of the top 10 environmental problems facing the world today.

GREENWASHING SINS

TerraChoice has published a list of the top six sins of greenwashing, which is what companies do when they mislead consumers regarding their environmental practices.

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Don't blow it...

No Impact Man

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Green scientists explain

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