Archive for January 2nd, 2018:

The gene editing tech that uses ‘molecular scissors’

In 2012 a form of gene editing was discovered with great fanfare, it is called CRISPR Cas9. Put simply, it uses “molecular scissors” to alter a very specific strand of DNA – either cutting it out, replacing it or tweaking it. The BBC met one of the companies working to get the science from the

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UK faces build-up of plastic waste

Media captionA new ban on most foreign waste in China could impact recycling in the UK. The UK’s recycling industry says it doesn’t know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the

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AI early diagnosis could save heart and cancer patients

Image copyright BBC News Image caption Sir John Bell believes that artificial intelligence can save the NHS Researchers at an Oxford hospital have developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can diagnose scans for heart disease and lung cancer. The systems will save billions of pounds by enabling the diseases to be picked up much earlier. The

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