Implications of powerful DNA-altering technology are too important to be left to scientists and politicians: researchers

Why plumbers and teachers should have a say on designer babies and genetically enhanced potatoes
Citizen assemblies are ideal for probing the complexities of genome editing. Credit: Alice Mollon

Designer babies, mutant mozzies and frankenfoods: These are the images that often spring to mind when people think of genome editing.


The practice, which alters an organism’s DNA in ways that could be inherited by subsequent generations, is both more complex and less dramatic than the popular tropes suggest.

However, its implications are so profound that a growing group of experts believe it is too important a matter to be left only to scientists, doctors and politicians.

Writing in the journal Science, 25 leading researchers from across the globe call for the creation of national and global citizens’ assemblies made up of lay-people to be tasked with considering the ethical and social impacts of this emerging science.

The authors come from a broad range of disciplines, including governance, law, bioethics, and genetics.

The immense potential,

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What engineers, data scientists, business analysts make at LinkedIn

Landing a job at LinkedIn can mean earning a six-figure salary.

LinkedIn is the largest online professional network, and the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Much like other tech companies, LinkedIn pays its employees well. However, the company cut 960 jobs because of the reduced demand for recruitment products during the pandemic, Business Insider previously reported.

Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s 2019 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out how much LinkedIn paid employees for jobs, from entry-level titles to executive roles. The salary data is based on jobs in the US.

LinkedIn applied for 779 visas in 2019, specifically for roles related to software engineering, data science, product management, business analysis, and more. The salary ranges reflected below come from multiple records for the same job. Performance bonuses, signing bonuses, and compensation other than base salaries are not

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DOST-PNRI scientists bag awards on NCRP scientific conference

QUEZON CITY, August 16 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) scientists and researchers received several awards at the Annual Scientific Conference and 87th General Membership Assembly of the National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) held virtual last June 30.

Awardees were recognized for their significant contributions to their respective fields and research advancements that benefited the different sectors of the economy.

Dr. Lucille Abad (left) and Dr. Custer Deocaris (right) from DOST-PNRI were among the 10 awardees for Outstanding Filipino Researchers under the DOST-NRCP Achievement Awards.

 

Dr. Lucille Abad and Dr. Custer Deocaris of DOST-PNRI Atomic Research Division were among the awardees for Outstanding Filipino Researchers under the DOST-NRCP Achievement Awards.

Dr. Abad was awarded for her major research and development projects which are the Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter that increases the yield of rice and other crops and the Hydrogel Wound

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Scientists say insect repellent kills the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on surfaces

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is ravaging across the globe and has now infected more than 24.1 million people and claimed over 825,000 lives. There is no known vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), but physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and wearing of masks are known ways to prevent infection.

Now, a team of scientists at Britain’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has shared preliminary findings of their research, showing that a product in insect repellent can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Defense scientists conducted the study to see if insect repellents would provide a protective layer against COVID-19, which contains Citridiol, a clinically proven insect repellent that is naturally sourced and a flagship product of Citrefine International Ltd.

Insect repellent study

In the study, which has not yet been externally peer-reviewed, DSTL was tasked by MoD Surgeon General to examine

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Backers hope Omaha’s new riverfront science museum will inspire future scientists and engineers | Local News

While the project will join the ranks of what are generically known as science museums, Heritage officials like to refer to the new facility as a “science center” because its exhibits won’t be static. Instead, they’ll be designed to be hands-on and interactive and feature the latest technology.

Most science museums around the country have followed this trend, often referring to themselves as science centers or discovery centers, with missions to unlock curiosity and make science accessible to all.

To help ensure that the Omaha center does rank with the country’s best, Heritage has partnered with one of the nation’s premier science museums to develop the center’s exhibits and programming.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, along the waterfront in the heart of that city, is routinely ranked among the nation’s top handful of science museums. Exploratorium officials currently working on exhibits for the Omaha center say they will be state of the

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