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Ocean Acidification & the First U.S. Uterus Transplant | SYSK Internet Roundup


(futuristic music) – Hey, and welcome to Internet Roundup. I’m Chuck, that’s Josh. – Yes. – In the deep, darkest corner over there is Casey. – In the bowels. – Isn’t that creepy? – Oh yeah, that’s where Casey likes it. – Covered in black duvetyne. What? – New word for me. – Duvetyne? – Yeah. – That’s a film industry term. You should know it. You were on TV. – Yeah, I wasn’t paying attention. – You know like the heavy, black fabric that they’ll put up to, like, black out a window or something. – Felt. – Duvetyne. – Crushed velvet. That’s what we had on set. – Yeah. Maybe that’s why we got canceled. – We spent a lot of the budget on the antique crushed velvet. – All right, once a week we round up the internet, two stories at a time. And this week, I guess we should start with this neat thing you found on seaweed. – [Josh] Yeah, man. – Could be the answer. – There’s this really great blog that, one of the great things about it is, it is frequently updated. It’s called Next Nature. – Is that one of the good things? – It is, really. – It’s actually still being updated. – There are some great blogs out there that are like, oh, sorry I haven’t updated in two months but I didn’t feel like it. – Like our own. – OK, all right. Let’s take it easy there. We’re busy doing other stuff. – True. – So, one of the things we were talking about, Chuck, with sea-level rise, with- – Rising temperatures across the world? – Yeah. – Yeah. – AKA global warming, that’s what I was trying to think of, or climate change, depending on your political persuasion, one of the things that gets overlooked with that is ocean acidification. – That’s right, big deal. – It is a big deal because it’s gonna completely change the ecosystem of the oceans. Not just, it’s not just gonna make it more difficult for fish
to survive and thrive, coral reefs have trouble with that. And they’re actually an indicator species, the canary in the coal mine, if you will. – Yeah, or how bout anything with a shell. How bout a crab that can’t form a shell. – Exactly. – Or a lobster that can’t form a shell. You like eating that stuff? – Good luck being a crab
under those conditions, right? – Yeah, you like lobster bisque? Maybe you might wanna think about planting some seaweed. – Right. That’s a solution to this, is planting a bunch of kelp. – [Chuck] Yup. – Because, when the oceans acidify, everybody’s in trouble. But it turns out that by planting kelp, in not even, well I think
it’s a substantial part unless you’re talking percentages. – [Chuck] Yeah. – [Josh] But not even that much kelp, you can actually reverse the course of the ocean acidification, which increases as CO2
levels increase, right? – [Chuck] Mm-hm. – So, take it away Chuck. – Well, it’s already a big
thing in Asia, apparently, but not to help the environment, although that’s a byproduct. – [Josh] Right. – But it’s, like any kind of farming, they eat seaweed a lot more over there than we do, even though it’s delicious, and they do it in Asia as a food source. – [Josh] It’s like a seaweed farm. – [Chuck] Sure, but you can do that all over the world if you wanted to. And utilize it as a resource of food, and to help lower the acidification of the ocean. – Yeah, they figured out that by covering 9 percent of the ocean’s surface with seaweed farms, planting seaweed farms to that amount, which it sounds like, oh well 9 percent it’s not that big. – That’s a lot of seaweed. – Yeah, plus there’s not, I don’t know how much there is, but there’s not a lot of ocean, compared to the ocean overall, where you could plant seaweed and have this effect, necessarily, because seaweed still needs light for photosynthesis. – [Chuck] Yeah. – A lot of the ocean is
super, super deep, right? But if you could cover an amount equal to 9 percent of the ocean’s surface with seaweed, it could have all sorts of amazing effects. Specifically, Chuck, you could create biofuel from it that
could completely replace fossil fuel. – Entirely. – [Josh] For energy production. – Amazing. – And it would remove 53 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year. – It’s amazing. – Ocean acidification? Not any longer. – So, you think 9 percent, that’s a pretty lofty goal. But even if it’s just a couple of percentage points, if we ramp it up some to that much, you’d be
doing a lot of good. – [Josh] Sure. – So up with kelp! – Yeah, go plant some kelp today. What else are you gonna do? Nothing. When this plane lands, go plant some kelp. – Moving on to the Cleveland Clinic. One of the best hospitals
in our great country, do a lot of great work there. They are performing the first uterus transplant in the United States. – Yes. – Amazing. – And it’s not necessarily the first one in the world. – [Chuck] No, its not. – And by not necessarily, I should say, it isn’t. – That’s right. – But it is in the United States, and if anybody’s gonna try it out in the United States, it’s very appropriate
it’s the Cleveland Clinic because they’re on the bleeding edge of medical technology. – Not true, but they are helping this one woman out. She found out when she was 16 that she would never be able to carry her own child because she was affected
with something called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser, MRKH, which means she was born without certain parts of her uterus, cervix, and vagina. Pretty rare, affects
just one in 5000 women. – To me that doesn’t seem that rare. Seems like it would be
really, really rare. Like one in a million kinda thing, but no. – Yeah, one in 5000. Not rare enough. And that means that you can’t have your own children, and it’s a big struggle for a lot of women, and it’s bad news to get
when you’re 16, of course. And so, they found out
through their friends in Sweden it was possible, and here’s the neat thing. It’s not permanent. They put the uterus in, the lady has her baby. – Maybe two. – Maybe two, although
the jury’s out on that if they can really do that safely. – Well, they seem to not wanna go definitely not go beyond two. – Past two. – Right. – But then they take the uterus back out. – Yeah, it’s called an
ephemeral transplant. – Amazing. – Sure it’s amazing. First of all, a uteral
transplant is amazing. – [Chuck] Yeah, from a cadaver. – [Josh] Yeah, who’s not using it anymore. A temporary uterus transplant is even more amazing. It’s just basically showing off. It’s western medicine being like, look what we can do. – Yeah, and the chances are pretty good. In Sweden, at the
University of Gothenburg, they have had, performed
nine uterus transplants resulting in five pregnancies, and four live births. So, a little less than 50 percent. But if your chances are zero, then that’s hope. – [Josh] Sure, it is. And the Cleveland Clinic
has 10 women lined up for basically a proof of concept study where they’re saying,
let’s give this a shot. – Yeah, so good luck ladies and good luck doctors. – Yeah, best of luck. – Great work you’re doing and we’re gonna follow up on this in about a year. – OK. – See how that went. – Maybe nine months, OK? – You got anything else? – The paper is folded. And Chuck we should say Happy New Year to everybody. – Happy New Year! – And happy birthday Umi. – Happy birthday Umi,
my work husband’s wife. – That’s right. – I don’t know what that makes her. It makes her great, so happy birthday Umi. – Happy birthday. (futuristic music)


Reader Comments

  1. I can wrap my head around getting hormones to have your own baby but I can't wrap my head around undergoing surgery to have your own baby. Is adoption really so terrible?

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