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Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Technology
The co-creator of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has said the technology behind it could soon be used to fight cancer too.While the vaccine has been bankrolled by the American pharmaceutical giant, the science itself is the work of BioNTech, a German company founded by married couple and dedicated physicians Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci. Dr Tureci was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumours when the pair learned last year of a mystery virus infecting people in China. Image: mRNA could be used to treat more than just COVID-19. Pic: NIAID Over breakfast, they decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat, dubbing the effort "Project Lightspeed."Both COVID-19 vaccine...
South Korean same-sex couple sues health insurer for equal rights

South Korean same-sex couple sues health insurer for equal rights

World
SEOUL, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Same-sex couple Kim Yong-min and So Seong-wook filed a lawsuit against South Korea's national health insurance agency on Thursday over its removal of So's status as a dependent family member, a move they claim violates their rights. In February of last year, Kim, 30, registered So, 29, as his dependent under the National Health Insurance Service, South Korea's public scheme that covers almost the entire population. Advertisement Although South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions, the couple was able to register for health insurance as spouses, in what lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender advocates believe was the first such case in the country. However, their progress was short-lived, as the NHIS abruptly canceled So's dependent status in ...
Trump says he is doing well, but next couple of days the ‘real test’

Trump says he is doing well, but next couple of days the ‘real test’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump says he is doing well, but that the next few days will be the "real test".He posted a video on Twitter ahead of a second night in hospital, where he is being treated for Covid-19.The president's physician said late on Saturday that Mr Trump had made "substantial progress" but was "not out of the woods yet".Saturday had been marked by a flurry of apparently contradictory remarks about the president's condition.Shortly after the medical team gave a generally upbeat update, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the president's condition had been "very concerning".Sources close to the president said he was not happy about Mr Meadows' comments.Read the latest updates hereA number of p...
Baby bump photo reveals Game Of Thrones couple expecting first child

Baby bump photo reveals Game Of Thrones couple expecting first child

Entertainment
Game Of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington are reportedly expecting their first child.Leslie's pregnancy was revealed in a photo taken for a magazine interview and uploaded to Instagram. The picture, from digital publication Make Magazine, was posted on fashion editor Ursula Lake's personal account."A very special all woman team photographic shoot capturing Rose at this wonderful time as she prepares for motherhood for the first time!," she said.The couple played Ygritte and Jon Snow in HBO series Game of Thrones, in which they had an on-screen relationship. ...
eBay workers who sent spiders to couple to plead guilty

eBay workers who sent spiders to couple to plead guilty

Technology
Federal prosecutors say four former eBay employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in sending live spiders and cockroaches in an effort to intimidate a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction siteByThe Associated PressSeptember 23, 2020, 9:24 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.“Four former employees of #eBay are scheduled to plead guilty on Oct. 8 at 2pm via zoom in federal court in #Boston,” according to a tweet from the o...