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By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have made the most comprehensive map yet of African genetic variation and say it should help them learn more about the role genes play in diseases such as malaria, hemorrhagic fever and hypertension in populations there. Publishing the findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday, Deepti Gurdasani of Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said that despite Africa being the world's most genetically diverse region, relatively little is known about potential genetic risks for disease among its populations. ...
In this Jan. 7, 2015 photo, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen talks with top leaders of his party before an event by the ruling Cambodian People's Party marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime at their party headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Construction of a massive dam in southwestern Cambodia will not start until at least 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in an apparent effort to stop heavy opposition to the project which has focused criticism on him. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Construction of a massive dam in southwestern Cambodia will not start until at least 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to stop heavy opposition to the project which has focused criticism on him.
The government-backed Riken Institute verification experiment team leader Shinichi Aizawa (right C, standing) tells journalists in Tokyo on December 19, 2014, that a so-called ground breaking study on stem cells cannot be reproducedA researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. Haruko Obokata said she was dismayed that new laboratory tests have not been able to repeat her experiments, which she had claimed showed the successful conversion of an adult cell into a stem cell-like state. Her resignation came as Japan's Riken Institute formally announced that so-called "STAP" cells cannot be recreated, apparently drawing a line under the controversial study. "We have conducted verification experiments but can't repeat the STAP phenomenon," team leader Shinichi Aizawa told a nationally broadcast news conference.
By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - Ten patients with severe hemophilia B have remained cured of the inherited bleeding disorder for as long as three years thanks to gene therapy, according to a new report on the technique in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study updates an earlier one from 2011, in which six volunteers were successfully treated with various doses of the treatment that uses a virus to insert genetic material into the liver. The four additional patients received the highest dose. "I believe that, scientifically, this is ready for prime time," the chief author, Dr. ...
UltimatePointer has patents for hand-held pointing devices, with which it said it planned to market laser pointers for business use. Apparently the court didn't see the connection to the Wii. ...
Piece of three-dimensional bone structure obtained from the own adipose stem cells of a patient is seen at Brussels' St Luc HospitalBy Robert-Jan Bartunek and Ben Hirschler BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's top court has opened the door to certain stem cell patents in the European Union by ruling that an organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented. Thursday's judgment by the European Court of Justice was made following a case brought in Britain by U.S. company International Stem Cell Corporation over whether it could patent processes covering the use of human egg cells. ...
BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.
Marni Pre-Fall 2015The Italian brand's latest womenswear collection offers an eclectic look at Pre-Fall dressing for 2015.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics said final results from a clinical trial of its adult stem cell treatment in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) were positive, with most patients showing a slowing in the disease's progression. According to the ALS Association, 5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with the neurodegenerative disease, which has severely disabled British physicist Stephen Hawking. ...
The Southeast Asian online game market is still growing, but a new report from market research firm Niko Partners suggests that regional interest may be shifting from PC to mobile games. ...
Imangi Studios cofounder Keith Shepherd speaks to Gamasutra about what the studio learned in making a VR-friendly version of its Temple Run games for Samsung's Gear VR headset. ...
Handout photo of eight foot alligator taken from home by Los Angeles Animal Control DepartmentBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An 8-foot alligator was found next to the carcasses of two cats in the back yard of a suburban Los Angeles home where the reptile had been living illegally since the 1970s, authorities said on Thursday. Animal control officers armed with a search warrant discovered the alligator, estimated to be about 40 years old, in a closed box with the cat remains at the home in Van Nuys, Los Angeles Animal Services Commander Mark Salazar said. Salazar said Animal Services was conducting a full criminal investigation and called on any residents in the area who have lost small pets at "any time over the last 40 years” to contact the department. Keeping wild animals without a permit is illegal in Los Angeles.
A chimpanzee tastes an ice cream bar to endure summer heat at the Zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 13, 2015Ice cream, fruit and copious helpings of frozen meat helped keep the sweltering inhabitants of Rio's zoo cool Tuesday as temperatures soared. Chimpanzee Paulinho, 30, bagged two ice creams before bounding off to seek shade, while orangutan Else, 35, and her daughter Tanga, 20, gobbled an assortment of fruit. Carla the elephant wolfed down 50 kilos (110 pounds) of ice cream dragged in by her handler, while Gabi, an eight-year-old jaguar, preferred to slurp on a hunk of frozen meat.
"If it's mentioned, no matter how old it is, do I feel compelled to sit down, reinstall it, and play it right then? If the answer is yes, then I'll consider it a favorite." ...
Look past the conflict in 2014, and you'll see an incredible amount of great games for all kinds of tastes. ...
A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North DakotaBy Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil prices have dropped so low that the Keystone XL pipeline could play a bigger role in the development of Canada's oil sands and raise greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration environmental regulators said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's comments in a letter to the State Department give weight to President Barack Obama's view that the controversial pipeline should not be approved if it significantly increases carbon pollution. The EPA implied that oil prices, which have more than halved since the summer, mean that shipping Canadian oil to the United States would not be economical unless the pipeline was built.
In this photo released by Richard Kornberg & Associates, Josh Nelson, left, and Dan'yelle Williamson appear in a scene from “Soul Doctor”, at the Actors Temple Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Kornberg & Associates, Carol Rosegg)NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to be Jewish to love Shlomo — but it helps.
Workers make wind turbine blades at Suzlon Energy rotor blades manufacturing facility, in the village of Paddhar, some 400 km from Ahmedabad, India, on November 6, 2014Troubled Indian wind energy giant Suzlon said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its German arm Senvion for 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) to cut its growing debt levels. The firm was once a star of India's green technology industry, but has suffered mounting losses as the global economic crisis hit sales of its wind turbines. In a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Suzlon said it hoped to close the sale of Senvion to the US private equity firm Centrebridge Partners by March 31. He said Suzlon hoped to capitalise on the new Indian government's "thrust on renewable energy".
"Adding a new member to a team can result in conflict. Changing the group dynamic so dramatically, and without the team's input, conflicts with Agile development's tenets of personal choice and team autonomy." ...
What Google's Unpatched Android Flaws Mean for YouGoogle caused a stir in the information-security industry this month by publicly disclosing flaws in the software of its rivals Apple and Microsoft. The first flaw, in the WebView component of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and older, will stay unpatched for "practical" reasons. WebView lets third-party Android apps leverage the stock Android browser to display ads and other Web-based content. In Android 4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop, that browser is Chrome, but previous versions of Android — estimated to run on 930 million devices worldwide — use the earlier browser, aka Browser, which Google no longer works on.
This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Rob McClure, left, and Catherine Ricafort in a scene from “Honeymoon in Vegas” in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown; Joan Marcus)NEW YORK (AP) — What's a girl to do when, just hours before her long-awaited marriage, some other guy tries to strong arm her into wedlock!
This year saw a notable shift in the video game industry that many traditional game critics would rather turn a blind eye to than investigate. ...
Even the most secure Android phone ever had a critical security bugMarketed as the most secure Android handset available, the BlackPhone wasn't completely safe from hackers' attacks, as a recently discovered — and fixed — vulnerability in the phone's instant messaging application could give them access to encrypted personal data such as messages, contacts and potential control over other “vital functions” of the handset, Ars Technica reports. FROM EARLIER: The most secure Android handset is soon getting a special privacy-focused app marketplace The security issue was thoroughly detailed by Azimuth Security, with the company saying that an attacker would only need a Silent Circle ID or phone number to take advantage of the bug. The vulnerability has been fixed by Silent Circle engineers after the company privately alerted them on the
Lenovo smartphones are displayed during a news conference announcing the company's annual results in Hong KongBy Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's leading PC maker, said on Tuesday its third-quarter revenue rose 31 percent to $14.1 billion, beating investor expectations, as its mobile division sales more than doubled following its acquisition of Motorola. The results, released before the Hong Kong Stock Exchange opened Tuesday, sent Lenovo shares 5.7 percent higher in morning trade to HK$10.76, compared with a 0.36 percent fall on the broader Hang Seng index. Lenovo paid $2.91 billion for Motorola, the U.S. handset brand with a long sales history in the United States and Europe, as part of an effort to diversify away from the shrinking PC market. Lenovo's results took into account two months of Motorola's performance - the acquisition closed Oct 31 - and the company said Motorola sold more than 10 million handsets during the quarter for the first time.
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