Archive for November 17th, 2017:

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Image copyright Children’s Hospital Oakland Image caption Brian Madeux and his fiancĂ© Marcie Humphrey Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. Mr

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Interstellar asteroid is given a name

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: Despite forming around another star, the object looks familiar in many respects The first known asteroid to visit our Solar System from interstellar space has been given a name. Scientists who have studied its speed and trajectory believe it originated in a planetary system around another star. The interstellar

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UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of 20 countries committed to phasing out coal for energy production. Members including France, Finland and Mexico, say they will end the use of coal before 2030. Ministers hope to have 50 countries signed up by the time of the next major

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