military institute

Hi all!  I had the privelage of attending a military institute today in Japan in order to hear several lectures.  The campus was absolutely stunning and there were trees everywhere.  I was particularly drawn in by their assortment of bonzai trees by the front gate (I have several bonzais myself).

The lectures were power points in English but presented in Japanese.  I do not speak much Japanese yet but it was still an eye-opening experience.  The military presenter showcased his (and his colleages) research excellently.  It was all about the use of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as a radioprotectant against gastrointestinal destruction following an acute radiation exposure.  Apparently, if given before the exposure event, ascorbate`s antioxidant properties prevent the reactive oxygen species (generated from a radiation exposure) from damaging DNA and inducing apoptosis (thus leading to acute inflammation and eventually somatic death).  It does not really sound like much but it lends new meaning to `an apple (or in this case an orange) a day keeps the doctor away!`  I do not have any pictures for you tonight but I will get them downloaded and up in the next day or so.  I hope you all have a great night!!

Chuck

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