Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

Emmanuelle Charpentier discusses her life as a co-discoverer of CRISPR with @nytimes

  • STORAGE Researchers in the 1980s noticed that bacteria had small blocks of palindromic DNA repeated many times, with nonrepeated spacers of DNA stored in between.
  • Or a snippet of different DNA can be inserted to fill the gap, effectively editing the DNA sequence.
  • EDITING Researchers are learning how to use synthetic RNA sequences to control the cutting of any piece of DNA they choose.
  • An enzyme and a second piece of RNA latch on, forming a structure that will bind to strands of DNA that match the spacer’s sequence.
  • The spacers match pieces of DNA from viral invaders that bacteria or their ancestors have faced before.

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@GeneticsGSA: “Emmanuelle Charpentier discusses her life as a co-discoverer of CRISPR with @nytimes”


One of the scientists credited with starting the gene editing revolution discusses her landmark discovery and how science has driven her.


Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

BBC Radio 5 live

Cancer diagnosis

  • Wilko Johnson: Cancer diagnosis ‘made me feel alive’
  • The clip is originally from 5 live’s Afternoon Edition on Tuesday 31 May 2016.
  • The former Dr Feelgood star was told in 2013 he had cancer which was feared to be terminal.
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  • Guitarist Wilko Johnson has said his cancer diagnosis was the start of “one of the most extraordinary years” of his life.

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@bbc5live: “Cancer diagnosis “made me feel alive” – Musician @wilkojohnson”


Musician Wilko Johnson says he felt ‘almost ecstatic’ after learning he had cancer.


BBC Radio 5 live

NHS will not fund anti-HIV Prep drug plan

NHS England say they will not fund #HIV prevention #PrEP @BBCNews @michroberts

  • The NHS is standing firm and says it has no responsibility to provide the treatment, known as Prep.
  • Prep (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can considerably lower a person’s chances of catching HIV.
  • Prep – Terrence Higgins Trust
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  • NHS England has reiterated it will not fund a “game-changer” drug treatment that can prevent HIV, angering HIV charities which had been campaigning to reverse the decision.

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@THTorguk: “NHS England say they will not fund #HIV prevention #PrEP @BBCNews @michroberts”


Charities express anger after NHS England confirms it will not fund a “game-changer” drug treatment that can prevent HIV.


NHS will not fund anti-HIV Prep drug plan

The truth about teen moms getting impregnated by older men

The truth about teen moms getting impregnated by older men  #ksleg @POTUS @nytimes @KDHE @gop

  • Teen pregnancy rates had reached its highest level in U.S. history.
  • To the note, Brown agrees that conversations around teen pregnancy prevention should be more nuanced. “
  • Or this widely criticized 2001 ad from TeenPregnancy.org, a website affiliated with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
  • The truth about teen moms getting impregnated by older men
  • It’s important to note that teen pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically-a whopping 51% since the mid-nineties.

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@MikeLoBurgio: “The truth about teen moms getting impregnated by older men #ksleg @POTUS @nytimes @KDHE @gop”


A provocative stat suggesting a huge percentage of 15-year-old moms are impregnated by significantly older men has been making the rounds. But is it true?


The truth about teen moms getting impregnated by older men

Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

Before she became a gene editing pioneer, Emmanuelle Charpentier was a scientific nomad

  • STORAGE Researchers in the 1980s noticed that bacteria had small blocks of palindromic DNA repeated many times, with nonrepeated spacers of DNA stored in between.
  • Or a snippet of different DNA can be inserted to fill the gap, effectively editing the DNA sequence.
  • EDITING Researchers are learning how to use synthetic RNA sequences to control the cutting of any piece of DNA they choose.
  • An enzyme and a second piece of RNA latch on, forming a structure that will bind to strands of DNA that match the spacer’s sequence.
  • The spacers match pieces of DNA from viral invaders that bacteria or their ancestors have faced before.

Read the full article, click here.


@NYTScience: “Before she became a gene editing pioneer, Emmanuelle Charpentier was a scientific nomad”


One of the scientists credited with starting the gene editing revolution discusses her landmark discovery and how science has driven her.


Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

Finland military exercise mistaken for invasion

Finnish military exercise mistaken for real invasion

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  • Ostnyland reports that coffee brand Gevalia, long marketed as being ideal when faced with “unexpected visitors”, has spotted an unlikely marketing opportunity in the news.
  • Finland military exercise mistaken for invasion
  • It subsequently transpired that last week’s unexpected late-night arrival, was part of the military’s spring training exercises.
  • Use #NewsfromElsewhere to stay up-to-date with our reports via Twitter.

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@BBCWorld: “Finnish military exercise mistaken for real invasion”


Finnish man flees island home after spotting military’s arrival – but it was just an exercise.


Finland military exercise mistaken for invasion

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare form of cancer, dies aged 27

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare form of cancer, had died aged 27

  • Thomas Fekete also played on Surfer Blood’s side project Weird Wives and released the cassette-only solo album Burner to help raise money for his cancer treatment.
  • Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare form of cancer, dies aged 27
  • Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has died after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year.
  • Image caption Thomas Fekete visited Asheville in North Carolina late last year with his wife Jessica
  • Bassist Kevin Williams was replaced by Lindsey Mills last year.

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@BBCNewsbeat: “Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare form of cancer, had died aged 27”


Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.


Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare form of cancer, dies aged 27

India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

  • “But each such test costs 1,200 rupees ($18; £12) and most hospitals in India do not have the testing facilities.
  • India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV
  • Even in a big city like Mumbai, only three private hospitals have HIV testing facilities.
  • India has around 2.09 million people living with HIV/Aids.
  • I believe the real numbers would be double or triple that,” Mr Kothari told the BBC.

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@BBCIndia: “India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV”


At least 2,234 people in India contract the deadly HIV virus while getting blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months.


India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

Selkirk-based Ryboquin raises £1.3m for cancer drug development

From lab to hospital – Scots pharmaceutical firm secures cancer drug research funding

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  • The company said the funds would be used for “scaling up” the product to allow it to be tested in a full-scale clinical trial.
  • “I relish the prospect of co-ordinating the science relating to the scaling up of this product in order to get it from the laboratory into clinical trials,” he said.
  • It will allow Ryboquin Ltd to take the product – named Ryboquin ECP-102 – one step closer to clinical trials.
  • The company hopes to raise up to £10m from investors during the year to fund the trial and further corporate expansion.

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@BBCScotlandNews: “From lab to hospital – Scots pharmaceutical firm secures cancer drug research funding”


A Scottish Borders-based pharmaceutical firm raises £1.3m towards cancer gene therapy drug development.


Selkirk-based Ryboquin raises £1.3m for cancer drug development

Yearbook dog: Service dog gets spot in high school album

  • Service dog gets a spot in high school yearbook
  • Harry Hulse and his service dog, Taffy, both get their moments in the Northern Guilford High School yearbook.
  • The yearbook staff kept their plan a secret so it would be a fun surprise when the yearbooks were handed out as the school year came to an end.
  • When Hicks discovered that the studio hired to take the yearbook photos in September had snapped a quick shot of Taffy, she knew he “obviously has to be next to Harry in the yearbook, he always is.”
  • (CNN) When the photographer asked, Taffy Hulse lengthened his neck, dropped his chin and smiled with his eyes.

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@AmDiabetesAssn: “15-year-old Harry’s #diabetes alert dog, Taffy, gets a spot in the high school yearbook. From @CNN:”


A North Carolina service dog gets a spot in high school yearbook


Yearbook dog: Service dog gets spot in high school album