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FDA halts one of the first human CRISPR studies before it begins

A trial planning to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR on sickle cell patients has been put on hold due to unspecified questions from US regulators. Background: CRISPR Therapeutics, which is developing the therapy, sought approval from the US Food and Drug Administration in April to begin the study.

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'Someone is going to get hurt': the rise of DIY gene editing

As a teenager, Keoni Gandall already was operating a cutting-edge research laboratory in his bedroom in Huntington Beach, California. While his friends were buying computer games, he acquired more than a dozen pieces of equipment - a transilluminator, a centrifuge, two thermocyclers - in pursuit of a hobby that once was the province of PhDs in institutional labs.

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Building the Smallest Chemical Beaker - Science in the News

Typically, if you want to understand the foundation of something, building from the ground up sounds like a sensible approach. However, researchers in Dr. Ni's group at Harvard have taken this idea a step further by building molecules one atom at a time.

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Google promises ethical principles to guide development of military AI

Google is drawing up a set of guidelines that will steer its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, according to a report from The New York Times . What exactly these guidelines will stipulate isn't clear, but Google says they will include a ban on the use of artificial intelligence in weaponry.

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SoftBank Vision Fund to invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise

General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Thursday that Japan's SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) will invest $2.25 billion through its Vision Fund in GM Cruise Holdings LLC, the carmaker's autonomous vehicle technology.

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A genetically modified organism could end malaria and save millions of lives - if we decide to use it

Kevin Esvelt wants me to know that if I fuck up this article, 25,000 children could end up dead. Esvelt is a biologist at MIT and the first person to formulate a technology known as a CRISPR gene drive, a gene editing application that represents humanity's single best chance to eradicate malaria.

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A 'breakthrough' depression drug inspired by ketamine is attracting more attention from big pharma

After 35 years of mediocre depression drugs, pharmaceutical companies are jazzed about several new drugs inspired by the club drug ketamine. Allergan, the multinational drugmaker known for Botox, recently dove into research on an injectable depression drug. Now they're going after an oral pill.

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Clean energy will do to gas what gas has done to coal

Author: Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute and Mark Dyson,Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute Around the world, an emerging "rush to gas" - a glut of investment in new natural gas-fired power plants and associated delivery infrastructure - threatens to result in significant stranded assets.

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Desire for sugar eliminated in mice by rewiring brains

From whispering sweet nothings to hoping for sweet dreams, sugariness and pleasure have long been bound together. Now scientists studying the brains of mice have revealed why, unpicking the pathways in the brain which result in sweet foods being perceived as nice and bitter foods as nasty.

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The Future of Full-Time Jobs in the Age of Freelancers

Buzzwords like "digital nomad," or "remote worker," are indicative of something bigger. Currently, freelancers are estimated to account for 34% of the workforce. By 2020, that number is set to reach 43%. Freelancing and gig economy work is often painted as the job of last resort, but people are voting with their feet: freelancing is growing rapidly while 6.6 million traditional jobs remain unfilled, an all-time high.

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Jonathan Aberman: Artificial intelligence is a killer - of jobs - Washington Business Journal

The autonomous cars on our roads, the automatic pilots flying our planes and the customer service software that measures our purchasing intent are all real-world examples of how rapidly AI's capabilities are expanding and touching more aspects of our lives.

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3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can't: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges.

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Global funds back desert solar to bring power to 250 million Africans

Desert to Power project aims to expand solar power across the Sahel region, where electricity access remains critically low A quarter of a billion Africans could be provided with solar power from the desert, claim organisations behind a new partnership in the Sahel region.

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"Reprogrammed" Stem Cells Approved to Mend Human Hearts in Pilot Study

Scientists in Japan now have permission to treat people who have heart disease with cells produced by a revolutionary reprogramming technique. The study is only the second clinical application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. These are created by inducing the cells of body tissues such as skin and blood to revert to an embryonic-like state, from which they can develop into other cell types.

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New technique for additive manufacturing design

A Sandia National Laboratories team built a telescope to demonstrate how to design for additive manufacturing, familiarly known as 3-D printing, to take advantage of the technique's strengths and weaknesses.

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