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crisprScientist He JianKu Made a Validly Ethical Choice to Gene Edit the Twins

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I have covered the technical aspects of the gene editing of the human twin babies, but I have not had a focused look at only the ethics, compassion and noble intentions involved in this situation. I He primary motivatation for …

crisprAnother Woman Is Pregnant With a Gene Edited Embryo

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During his presentation of the CRISPR gene editing of human embryos, the Chinese scientist said there is another woman currently pregnant with a gene edited embryo. He Jiankui is an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology …

scienceFirst Four of Perhaps Hundreds of Captured Oumuamua-size Interstellar Objects Found

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Oumuamua was the first interstellar object detected passing through the Solar System and was believed to be cigar-shaped and about 1000 meters long. Using detailed computer models of asteroidal-type objects between the Sun and Jupiter, two Harvard University researchers find …

antiagingIf Biotech Cannot Make Enough Money from Curing Disease Then Move on to Antiaging

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Goldman Sachs analysts asked “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled “The Genome Revolution.” Goldman was addressing the question of gene therapies that provide complete cures with one treatment. “The potential to …

medicineUniversal Vaccination Would Save 1.5 Million Children Each Year

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In 2017, the number of children immunized – 116.2 million – was the highest ever reported. The Region of the Americas achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, leaving only 15 countries yet to achieve elimination. Since 2010, 113 countries have …

medicineFreeze-dried Polio Vaccine

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USC researchers have developed freeze-dried polio vaccine. It was freeze-dried into a powder, kept at room temperature for four weeks and then rehydrated, offered full protection against the polio virus when tested in mice. Polio is nearing complete eradication and …

businessCRISPR Gene Editing Pioneer Condemns Embyro Editing

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Three of the pioneers in the use of CRISPR-Cas9 were Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna, and Feng Zhang. Doudna and Zhang helped launch Editas Medicine in 2013, but Doudna left the following year and joined Intellia Therapeutics. Intellia Therapeutics currently has …

crisprCRISPR Gene Engineered Human Babies Immune to HIV, Smallpox and Cholera

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CRISPR gene editing has been used to eliminate a gene called CCR5 in hopes of rendering human babies resistant to HIV, smallpox, and cholera. The Associated Press reported that He Jiankui said one couple in the trial gave birth to …

astronomyMars Insight Lander Will Drill Into Mars and Test for Marsquakes

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander has successfully landed on Mars. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed. It is on the …

physicsBlack Holes, Quantum Systems, Superconductors and Planck’s Constant are Related

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Researchers from the CNRS and Université de Sherbrooke, have discovered a universal law for the electronic properties of high-temperature superconductors. They exposed superconductors to an intense magnetic field to weaken superconductivity and reveal underlying properties. They measured the variations of …