STAT – The FDA on Friday approved a landmark rare disease treatment — the first to rely on a Nobel-prize-winning technique known as RNA interference, which silences disease-causing genes.
Reuters – California and 18 other states said they would sue to stop a Trump administration proposal to weaken Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards.
The Washington Post – President Trump intends to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, an expert in extreme weather from the University of Oklahoma, as his top science and technology adviser.
The Washington Post – Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, police or other companies.
The Washington Post – Environmentalists called the decision a major blow against the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is being built from West Virginia though the rugged terrain of far Southwest Virginia.
Gizmodo – Internal documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company’s Watson supercomputer found “multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations”.
NBC News – Home DNA test results from the 5 million customers of 23andMe will now be used by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline to design new drugs.
Nature – Gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as conventional genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Europe’s highest court ruled today.