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Tabitha House Building!

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Thank you for all of you who raised money for Tabitha!
From 24 hour fast, we raised…

$50 188.25!

We have had a donation of $15214.10 from the Ladies Tabitha Housebuilding group!

So now, we have raised


in total!
Thank you for ALL your efforts!

Serena's Life in Singapore: Memorable CNY in Guangzhou 2019

Serena's Life in Singapore: Memorable CNY in Guangzhou 2019: This Chinese New Year, although I hesitated again and again whether I should stay in Singapore to avoid the cold weather, I brought along my...

This is from my mum's blog with details of our CNY trip to Guangzhou!



Should gene editing to create changes in embryos ever be permitted?


Yes, because it can save people's lives.

An experiment published in the Nature Medicines shows a successful case of Fetal gene therapy on Mice. Feti with a kind of genetic neuropath disease is selected in the experiment. A therapy is injected into half of the mice. Mice without the therapy died within 15 days but mice with the therapy lived for up to at least 18 weeks. This shows that embryo gene editing can help babies to avoid the genetic disease. Children who carry the gene for this disease cannot live for more than two years, but the experiment shows us that it is possible to cure the disease with embryo editing.

Creating changes in embryos is the only way to treat some of the genetic diseases. For example, the disease in an experiment in the Nature Medicines. A professor from National University of Singapore said that only embryos can be treated because their blood-brain barrier is not properly grown before they were born. After they are born, the blood-brain barrier will actually become the barrier in treating the disease.

Can the disease in the embryo be detected?
The strategy is very risky so we must learn to predict. Simon Waddinton, one of the conductor of the experiment above gave the answer.
Simon Waddinton: "We’re now at the point where it’s possible to diagnose these diseases,” he says. “It’s making people think: maybe we should be doing this."
 (Who is he?
The Acting Director of the EGA Institute for Women's Health)
Develops gene therapy for early onset childhood disorders



What is so special with this new year (pig year)?

Pig year is a very special year because it is the last year in the twelve Zodiacs. It is one of the luckiest zodiac as it is the symbol of wealth, fortune and love. Although it is only a Chinese culture, it becomes the motivation for people to work hard and  realize their goals in the future.

Pig year is already a quite different year for me. It is the my first time to go back to China for Chinese New year and to have the Reunion dinner with my whole family. I felt so happy to be with my whole family again, especially my grandparents and my great-grandparents. We went to the flower market together, plaint about how expensive things in Singapore are (I kind of forget that after staying in Singapore for 2 years). We decorate our house together and it is flashing red and pink. I rode my old yellow bike with my parents and my sister to the supermarket to buy yogurt in the setting sun. All the forgotten memories came out which makes me feel so good. The day before Chinese New Year my whole family were lying on the sofa, watching the festival gala.

Additionally, in this year I am going to step into high school, take IGCSE and work on the subjects I chose. This year is significant as it decides what I will do and what kind of person I am going to be in the future. IGCSE subjects became the topic my classmates talk about during recess and I have been discussing this with my parents all the time.

Alvin's information:
Questionnaire for Alvin:

1. What is the life experience that changes you the most?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a rage quitter
3. How do aliens affect you? Is it a motivation for you?
4. What are your ways to get through tests? Are they still going to work in high schools?
5. How are you going to use your strengths in the future?
6. Do you like violin? Have you ever thought of quitting it?
7. How did your personality of "trying hard" help you?

Friendly nickname?
Special talent? Why only grade 5? Any other?
Good at dying.
Do you like the strengths?
Good at them and like them.
Which first?
Good at them, then like them.
Which sport usually play?
Football mainly.

Sam's information:
Questionnaire for Sam:

1. What makes you think that you did not have an interesting life?
2. Did any cultural believes affect you / to make you think that good things of life will come eventually?
Just self comfort.
3. Do you cherish the times when you were in grade 7? Why?
Yes! Grade 7 teacher are nice. Grade 8 slap slap.
4. How are you going to use your imagination in the future?
Best animationist.
5. When do you age 2 mentally?
When doing maths. 5 years old
Assembly good morning back
6. Who are your imaginary friends?
forgot about them
Jeff Bob talks a lot.









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