September 23rd, 2009

Black horse

Scientists discover genetic cure for red-green colour blindness - Times Online

Scientists discover genetic cure for red-green colour blindness - Times Online

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I find this fascinating for a bunch of different reasons. One is that animals such as dogs are red-green color blind. Could this be used for service animals to also help improve their eyesight and thereby help them to better provide service to others?

Another is that they used a modified virus to instill the needed gene. That is both interesting and terrifying in the same boat. Talk about the stuff that Sci-Fi movies are made of! Just modify a virus and kill off a population that has blue eyes or some other rather specific gene sequence in which the virus could specifically attack...

A third is that no guy on the planet will be able to use the fact he's color blind as an excuse for what ever the heck he wore out of the house anymore...
mid victorian

Fabric Dying

I re-dyed the teal silk that was originally a cream color. It's now an interesting shade of dark heather purple (sort of a grayish purple) that I rather like. I think with the black trim I want to use, this should be fine for a late 1840's/early 1850's mourning gown. Now, to actually work on it and the other projects I'm supposed to be working on...