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Scientists editing human genes to fight cancer raises fears about Jurassic Park and replacing God

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A federal safety and ethics panel at the National Institute of Health approved the first ever clinical trial involving gene-editing of human cells using the technology Crispr-Cas9.

Crispr-Cas9 is a “gene editor” and short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” The work is part of the “moon shot” to end cancer being done at the University of Pennsylvania. Their goal is to edit immune cells so that they will attack cancer like they would a virus, according to Fusion.

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The technique is what Vice President Joe Biden would call a BFD in the world of genetics and if it is effective, can be used not only to fight some cancers but tested on other fatal and debilitating diseases. According to a presentation acquired by biotech reporter Antonio Regalado, the work involves removing patients’ T cells and using Crispr to slice two genes that they hope will allow the cells to attack and kill tumor cells. A similar experiment has been done on blood cancers but proved unsuccessful.

The experiment must still pass approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the boards of the three medical centers where the researcher will be conducted.

Some oppose the work being done. Last year, a group of 30 scientists and activists called for a global ban on genetic modification. Fearful science fiction addicts look to films like Gattaca and Jurassic Park that resulted in a dystopian future for the world. Others believe this is a baby step toward genetically engineering humans and replacing what some believe is a holy entity with a scientist. Chinese scientists have already claimed to have genetically created embryos but did not bring the embryo to term to test if it could live. Those on the left fear “Monstanto-style” GMOs.

Some bring up the ethical question on whether something constitutes a genetic defect or simply a different life experience. Anti-intervention advocates might argue that “God made me blind for a reason” as an example. While other would want to take advantage of scientific advancements to restore sight.


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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.

Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.

The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.

More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”

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Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement

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The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.

"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.

"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.

"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.

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