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Court freezes Obama’s funding of embryonic stem cell research

A US court on Monday issued a temporary halt to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which President Barack Obama had authorized, saying it involved the destruction of human embryos. US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in favor of a Christian group that opposes the research, issuing a…

US team creates first ‘synthetic life’

US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. “This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made,” said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled. “We call…

Iran Video: Gunman opens fire on demonstrators, crowd fights back

An amateur video apparently taken with a cell phone has surfaced on YouTube that appears to contradict the Iranian government’s claim that its security forces didn’t shoot at protesters last Sunday during demonstrations that left at least eight people dead, including the nephew of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi. As first…

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