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Jan 23 2019

The New York Times – He said he had approval from a Chinese ethics board to create pregnancies using human embryos that he had genetically edited, a type of experiment that had never been carried out before and is illegal in many countries.

Jan 23 2019

STAT – Companies believe the therapy, known as neuromodulation, can reduce reliance on opioid painkillers, which laid the foundation for a spike in overdose deaths and led to a fierce debate over how best to treat patients with chronic pain. 

Jan 22 2019

Futurism – A new survey presented Monday to the World Economic Forum suggests that most workers remain surprisingly optimistic in the face of automation: worldwide, most workers believe that at least some aspects of their jobs are too complex for the most advanced robots out there.

Jan 22 2019

MIT Technology Review – Doctors say they’ve helped an infertile woman become pregnant by combining her egg with that of a donor—another successful use of a controversial IVF technique. 

Jan 22 2019

Utility Dive – In response to data from multiple utility filings showing that 67 coal plants across 22 states in the U.S.

Jan 22 2019

Phys.org – In new research that could help inform development of new materials, Cornell chemists have found that the empty space ("pores") present in two-dimensional molecular building blocks fundamentally changes the strength of van der Waals forces, and can potentially alter the assembly of sophisticated nanostructures.
 

Jan 22 2019

STAT News – With academics persistently sounding the alarm over slow growth in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and the Trump administration recommending huge budget cuts in 2018, there are a few elemental reforms that could make the NIH a leaner and more innovative organization.

 

Jan 21 2019

Fortune – A new blood test could potentially detect Alzheimer’s in patients over 10 years early by measuring the changes in levels of a certain portion in a patient’s blood, which can help show damage that’s happening to the brain long before a patient starts to show symptoms.

Jan 21 2019

The News Tribune – Chinese authorities appear to have confirmed a scientist's unpublished claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies and that a second pregnancy is underway, and say he could face consequences for his work.

 

Jan 21 2019

The New York Times – With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.

Jan 20 2019

The New York Times – The class was part of a three-day gathering at M.I.T., including expert panels, debate and discussion, as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development seeks to agree on recommendations for artificial intelligence policy by this summer.

Jan 19 2019

The Guardian – In October last year, Professor Robert MacLaren successfully completed the world’s first gene therapy trial for one such condition, called choroideremia, as part of the largest late-stage trial ever for any genetic disease.