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Scientists jailed over ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’

Scientists jailed over ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’

Technology
Three scientists who claimed to be behind the first-ever gene-edited babies have been handed prison sentences for illegal medical practice, Chinese state media has said.Lead researcher He Jiankui sparked controversy last year when he claimed to have created the infants by altering the DNA of embryos for several couples during fertility treatments. The project, which saw two women become pregnant with gene-edited babies, was halted by the Chinese government and those involved have now been sentenced. Image: Gene editing is controversial because changes will be passed down to future generations Xinhua news agency said He was given a three-year prison sentence and fined three million yuan (£229,000), and his colleagues received lesser pe...
China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies

China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies

Health
Three researchers involved in the births of genetically edited babies have been convicted and sentenced by a Chinese court for practicing medicine illegallyBy KEN MORITSUGU Associated PressDecember 30, 2019, 9:36 AM3 min readBEIJING -- A Chinese scientist who set off an ethical debate with claims that he had made the world's first genetically edited babies was sentenced Monday to three years in prison because of his research, state media said. He Jiankui, who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, was also fined 3 million yuan ($ 430,000) by a court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. Two other researchers involved in the project received lesser sentences and fines. Zhang Renli was sentenced to two years in prison and fined ...
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital: Babies and mums died ‘amid toxic culture’

Health
Babies and mothers died amid a "toxic" culture at a hospital trust stretching back 40 years, a report has said.The catalogue of maternity care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are contained in a report leaked to The Independent. It reveals that some children were left disabled, staff got the names of some dead babies wrong and, in one case, referred to a child as "it".The trust apologised and said "a lot" had been done to address concerns.In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal.It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement. ...
Even babies ‘understand concept of counting’

Even babies ‘understand concept of counting’

Health
Infants as young as 14 months can understand the concept of counting long before they learn the true meaning of "one, two, three", scientists say.The US researchers said toddlers who hear counting out loud appear to be able to recognise quantities.Yet most children don't understand the full meaning of number words until they are about four years old, they argue.The scientists now want to see whether early counting practice leads to better number skills later on.In the study, from Johns Hopkins University, 16 toddlers watched four toys - little dogs or cars - being hidden in a box that they could reach into without seeing the contents. Sometimes the researchers counted out loud as they dropped each toy in, saying, "Look - one, two...
Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says Arsenal are ‘babies’ following defeat at Sheffield United

Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says Arsenal are ‘babies’ following defeat at Sheffield United

Sports
Patrice Evra claims Arsenal are no different to the days when he played against them at Manchester United.The Gunners suffered their second Premier League defeat of the season after going down to a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday night. AFP or licensors Arsenal endured a frustrating evening at Bramall Lane Lys Mousset’s first-half goal was all that separated the two sides in a game which saw record Gunners signing Nicolas Pepe miss a sitter from six yards out. Bukayo Saka was cautioned for diving in the box while Unai Emery’s assistant Freddie Ljungberg was shown a yellow card for his animated protests on the touchline. The result means Arsenal missed out on the opportunity to go third in the table. And Evra didn’t hold back in his criticism of th...