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AP Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China

AP Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China

Technology
A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes. Many mainstream scientists think it's too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation. The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He said his goal was not to cu...
New Alexa won't tell children how babies are made

New Alexa won't tell children how babies are made

Technology
Amazon is to provide a new version of its voice assistant Alexa that won't tell children where babies come from or if Santa is real. The topics that the child-friendly Alexa won't discuss will also extend to current affairs, such as what Stormy Daniels does for a living.When Amazon's new FreeTime kids feature is activated it will decline to answer questions that children could potentially find upsetting and instead tell them to ask an adult.The company says it collaborated with child psychologists to develop some of Alexa's answers, and that the voice assistant is "always getting smarter" with updated answers.Amazon has developed a number of games which are designed to encourage children to use the voice assistant Alexa which comes with its Echo devices.This has prompted gr...