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MSNBC, July 6, 2022 (Video)‘We need to provide this care’: Doctor blasts GOP abortion bans
Indiana OB-GYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss a Republican law in Ohio reportedly forcing a 10-year-old rape victim to cross state lines to receive an abortion. Reproductive rights expert [and UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law] Michele Goodwin also joins the conversation.

The Christian Science Monitor, July 6, 2022China’s anniversary deal for Hong Kong: Conform and prosper
Chinese leader Xi Jinping hailed the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return from a British colony to Chinese rule last week with a call to strengthen national unity and bring the once freewheeling city more fully under Beijing’s control. … “Hong Kong has gone from being such a free city to such a tightly controlled system,” says Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of “Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink” and history [Chancellor’s] Professor at University of California, Irvine. “This is part of a larger story of forced assimilation, the energy that’s put particularly on the physical edges of the People’s Republic of China to sort of rein in forms of diversity.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), July 6, 2022Orange County sees slight increases in COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of the UC Irvine Family Health Centers, told City News Service that a National Cancer Institute study published Tuesday showed that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death among Americans ages 45 to 54. … “But when you see that and then actually look at what the study also shows — a decrease in the ranking for those 85 and older. … It’s screaming at us that vaccines are protecting everyone, especially our most frail,” Mayorga said … Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, has also encouraged anyone eligible for a booster shot to schedule one. “I think everyone eligible for a third shot should have the third shot by now,” Noymer said.

The Optimist Daily, July 7, 2022
Newly discovered molecule bodes well for alopecia treatment
It is well known that dermal papilla cells at the bottom of each hair follicle are responsible for the continued regrowth of hair. However, the genetic reason for how these cells are activated was a mystery. That was until researchers from the University of California, Irvine discovered the SCUBE3 molecule. “At different times during the hair follicle life cycle, the very same dermal papilla cells can send signals that either keep follicles dormant or trigger new hair growth,” says corresponding author Maksim Plikus, a professor of developmental and cell biology.

KCET, July 5, 2022
The Colonial Roots of the Black Mustard Plant
“We know that plants were mobile,” says Tom Boellstorff, a professor of anthropology at UC Irvine who has researched the link between ecology and settler colonialism. “Indigenous peoples of the Americas moved around, and birds pooped and carried [seeds] around. But they were much more ecologically linked, [whereas] colonization was a [more intensive] planting and agricultural project.”

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