Futurism – Bill Gates has pledged an additional $35 million to fund gene drive research. The research aims to eradicate malaria with the genetic engineering of the mosquitoes responsible for its spread.
MIT Technology Review – Four letters of DNA write the universal code shared by all of life. Or at least they used to. Synthorx, a biotech startup, is designing microbes with an expanded genetic alphabet containing six letters.
Houston Public Media – Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. One in three Texas adults is considered obese. Now, San Antonio researchers are using South Texas volunteers to collect an obesity genome registry. This data bank will help tackle a weighty issue.
The 21st Century Cures Act is an amalgam of ideas with one objective: improving the laborious process of moving medical innovation from the lab to patients’ bedsides. Two years in the making, this bipartisan effort — like any other in Washington — has been amended by compromise...
Bloomberg BNA – Rules and policies released as the Obama administration winds down will clarify how much the federal government caught up to the many changes—including those involving technology—in the drug and device industries.
Daily Mail – Recent plans to use gene editing techniques to obstruct mosquitoes’ disease-carrying abilities have raised concerns. Now, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has revealed a new program that aims to set a ‘safe course’ for this field.
The Chronicle – Researchers at the Science, Law & Policy Laboratory focus on the social impact of new technology, recognizing that advancements in modern science have outstripped the domain of current legislation.
Lexology – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes an expansive position on protection given to persons who make internal complaints about discrimination in bad faith in updated guidance on retaliation law.