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Published: Friday, July 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Of mice and men and livers

A squeaky clean liver: Scientists in Japan have grown functioning human liver cells in mice with the intention someday of transplanting tiny "liver buds" from mice into humans that will replace damaged or diseased organs.

So far, the only side-effect -- and it's not without its merits -- is the newly acquired ability to expertly pair cheese with whatever wine your drinking.

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Hello, Mudder: At least a dozen people who competed in a Tough Mudder obstacle course competition in Detroit are reportedly ill with vomiting and diarrhea caused by the Norovirus. Contestants typically crawl through mud pits, among other obstacles, possibly providing the point of contagion.

In future Tough Mudder competitions, an additional obstacle will be added to the end of the course: a mad dash to the only portable toilet available.

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Speaking of Norovirus: Stung by a string of tragedies and embarrassments, the cruise ship industry is attempting to head off legislation by adopting its own "passenger bill of rights," providing partial refunds if a cruise is cut short, for instance.

Along the lines of the Tough Mudder competitions, along with a partial refund, inconvenienced passengers also will received a "I Survived the Carnival Triumph Poop Cruise" T-shirt.

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