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June 12, 2021


Scientists Partially Restored a Blind Man’s Sight With New Gene Therapy

New York Times
A team of scientists announced Monday that they had partially restored the sight of a blind man by building light-catching proteins in one of his eyes. Their report, which appeared in the journal Nature Medicine, is the first published study to describe the successful use of this treatment. “Seeing for......

Vaccine Availability, Jerusalem Clashes, Gene Editing : Up First

NPR With 43% of U.S. adults vaccinated, this week the FDA could decide to authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds . Tensions remain high in Jerusalem following violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians over forced evictions making way for Israeli settlers. And, doctors have started......

Biden picks Gene Sperling, a Democratic policy aide, to oversee spending from the $1.9 trillion relief plan.

New York Times
President Biden has tapped Gene Sperling, a longtime top economic aide to Democratic presidents, to oversee spending from the $1.9 trillion relief package that the president signed into law last week and planned to promote across the country this week. Mr. Sperling was director of the National Economic Council under......

Chinese state fund invests in gene firm BGI

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Chinese government has made an investment in BGI Genomics Co, a listed Chinese company that has supplied millions of COVID-19 tests globally as the gene firm seeks to fund exponential growth driven by the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A technician works at a genetic testing laboratory of......

Gene Screenings Hold Disease Clues, but Unexplained Anomalies Often Raise Fears

Christina Bennett When her gynecologist recommended genetic testing, Mai Tran was reluctant. “I didn’t really want to do it,” recalled Tran, who had just turned 21 and was living in New York City, “but she kept on emailing me about it and was really adamant that I do it.” Tran......

Exclusive: China gene firm providing worldwide COVID tests worked with Chinese military

SYDNEY (Reuters) – BGI Group, the world’s largest genomics company, has worked with China’s military on research that ranges from mass testing for respiratory pathogens to brain science, a Reuters review of research, patent filings and other documents has found. FILE PHOTO: A technician works at a genetic testing laboratory......

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