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Researchers Perform First Surgery on the Human Genome

Ralph Claus Grimm<p>Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang and Justin Sonnenburg<p>Dr. Igor Siwanowicz<p>Daniel H. Miller and Ethan S. Sokol<p>Dr. Giorgio …

Parkinson's patients show improvement after taking cancer drug

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center on Saturday revealed what could be a major breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.<p>A …

This Is Why Prince Charles Won't Be at a State Banquet for China

On Tuesday evening, at a state banquet in London hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan will be treated …

The 'poetic mystery' of the world's leading dancers - CNN Style

Written by Benazir Wehelie, CNN<p>The photo book "Lois Greenfield: Moving Still" is not merely a documentation of dance. It is an experience in which the content of each and every image is a moment, an expression, a movement, just waiting to be unwrapped.<p>The title of the work is somewhat of a …

Winners of Nikon’s 2015 Small World Contest Reveal the Microscopic Beauty of Our World

The winners and honourably-mentioned images were recently announced for Nikon's 2015 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Submissions were collected from professionals and amateurs alike; the contest is open to anyone with a passion for microscopy and photography. With a rich pool of …

Prospect of TTIP already undermining EU food standards, say campaigners

Opponents of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership say EU negotiator has admitted to approving entry of banned goods<p>EU negotiators will resume controversial trade talks with the US on Monday amid claims that multinational companies have jumped the gun in advance of any agreement to import …

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Neuroscience

Russia destroys 1.5 tonnes of food meant for BMW car racing team

Food safety watchdog burns supplies ahead of DTM circuit races, as part of programme of destruction of western food in retaliation for sanctions<p>Russia’s food safety watchdog has burned 1.5 tonnes of food imported for a BMW car racing team taking part in an event in Moscow.<p>The destruction, reported …

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West.<p>“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to …

Location, Sensors, Voice, Photos?! Spotify Just Got Real Creepy With The Data It Collects On You

Music streaming market leader Spotify has decided that it wants to know a lot more about you. It wants to be able to access the sensor information on your phone so it can determine whether you’re walking, running or standing still. It wants to know your GPS coordinates, grab photos from your phone …

Privacy

Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns

Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows<p>Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report …

Pebble boss: ‘one day, people will not be able to live without their smartwatch’

Eric Migicovsky says Pebble is the Swatch of iPhone wearables and predicts, as with smartphones in 2007, the key experiences are yet to come<p>“When I look five years ahead, I see computers getting smaller and smaller, and I see them really worn on our bodies. We’re going to be wearing more computers …

Songs That Heal: Preserving A Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Only six people in the world know how to do what Sergio Pacheco is about to do.<p>A middle-aged man who rarely smiles, Pacheco stands in the middle of a crowd on the National Mall, wearing a feathered headdress, beaded necklace and wrinkled dress that's been hand painted with a large, maroon bird on …

Doppler Labs just raised $17 million to create earbuds that don't play music but let you customize how the world sounds around you — and we gave them a listen

Doppler Labs isn't interested in blocking out all natural noise and pumping prerecorded sound into your ears. The team wants to <i>change</i> the sounds that are coming in. It wants you to customize your sonic world in exactly the way you want.<p>Imagine being able to turn up the bass at a concert, or reduce …

Music Production

Why are some diseases screened for but not others?

Screening for disease has the potential to save lives, but only in very specific circumstances<p>Why isn’t prostate screening offered in the UK? Why do we only start screening for cervical cancer after age 25? These questions are often leveled at the government or the NHS, who are accused of …

Cancer

Netanyahu supports FIFA ‘peace’ match between Israeli and Palestinian teams

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to support a FIFA-organized "match for peace" between Israeli and Palestinian soccer teams if the Palestinian football authority will withdraw its motion to have Israel suspended from the soccer world's governing authority.<p>The surprise pledge …

Campus Rape May Be 'Worse Than We Thought,' Study Shows

Nearly one in five college women were victims of rape or attempted rape during their freshmen year, with the most falling prey during their first three months on campus, according to a new study.<p>The study, published online Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, surveyed 480 female freshmen …

Sexual Harassment

North Korea calls off visit by UN chief Ban Ki-moon

Secretary general was due to visit Kaesong factory complex in attempt to help improve ties between the two Koreas<p>North Korea has cancelled an invitation for Ban Ki-moon to visit a factory park that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas, the UN secretary general has …

Sedition returns to Malaysia's legal toolbox | Asia

<b>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -</b> In September 2011, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak spelled out his vision for a modern Malaysian democracy, repealing a raft of repressive laws and vowing a year later to jettison the colonial era Sedition Act, which critics said had too often been used to stifle …

3D-printing with living organisms "could transform the food industry"

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> food designer Chloé Rutzerveld has developed a concept for "healthy and sustainable" 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants …

Greece to face cash crunch in 'couple of weeks': Varoufakis

"The liquidity issue is a terribly urgent issue. It's common knowledge, let's not beat around the bush," Varoufakis said after a meeting with his eurozone counterparts in Brussels.<p>"From the perspective (of timing), we are talking about the next couple of weeks," he added.<p>Varoufakis welcomed that …

Europe

Britain could leave the EU as early as next year

If Britons vote to leave the EU, this means the country could technically start severing its ties by the end of 2016.<p>The Conservatives won Thursday's General Election with a 12-seat majority. The Tories will have to deliver a referendum by 2017 over whether Britain will stay part of the EU, as it …

George Osborne

Delhi's first female bus driver starts work as part of campaign to fight harassment

The city’s women complain of ‘eve-teasing’ – or worse – on public transport. Having Saritha Vankadarath at the wheel may signal the start of change<p>At 6am every day, a green bus on line 543 from Sarojini Nagar to Anand swings out of a Delhi Transport Corporation depot and heads on to the chaotic …

The emotive nature of surrogacy

We need lawmakers, not angry couples and grief stricken mothers, to make rational decisions over surrogacy<p>Breast is best. We’ve been told it for years. <b>Babies thrive on mother’s milk and there are few sights more natural, more reassuring, more life-affirming than a woman feeding her baby.</b><p>Unless, …

British mum, 59, in bid for world medical first: I'll give birth to baby of my dead daughter

A British woman is staging a desperate legal bid to become pregnant with her own grandchild – using her dead daughter’s eggs.<p>In the first case of its …

This fatal Porsche crash is causing an uproar in Iran

A high-speed Porsche crash has become a symbol of growing inequality in Iran, with even the country's top religious leader speaking out against corruption that has spawned extreme wealth for the 1%.<p>The New York Times reports that in Iran, "a new class of untouchable 1 percenters hoards money, …

Luxury Lifestyle

Maldives arrests leaders of opposition parties after violent protests

Sheikh Imran Abdulla detained and accused of attempting to overthrow regime amid clashes with police, as thousands march on capital<p>Authorities in the Maldives arrested three opposition leaders and nearly 200 other people after clashes erupted between police and protesters demanding the resignation …