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Landmark study to transform cancer treatment

Landmark study to transform cancer treatment

Health
More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study. They said cancer was like a 100,000-piece jigsaw, and that until today, 99% of the pieces were missing. Their studies, published in the journal Nature, provide an almost complete picture of all cancers.They could allow treatment to be tailored to each patient's unique tumour, or develop ways of finding cancer earlier.The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Consortium analysed the whole genetic code of 2,658 cancers.The 1%A cancer is a corrupted version of our own healthy cells - mutations to our DNA change our cells until eventually they grow and divide uncontrollably. Most of our understanding of this process comes from the sets of genetic instruct...
Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Technology
The EU's top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.It means the firm only needs to remove links from its search results in Europe - and not elsewhere - after receiving an appropriate request.The ruling stems from a dispute between Google and a French privacy regulator.In 2015, CNIL ordered the firm to globally remove search result listings to pages containing damaging or false information about a person.The following year, Google introduced a geoblocking feature that prevents European users from being able to see delisted links.But it resisted censoring search results for people in other parts of the world. And the firm challenged a 100,000 ($ 109,901; £88,376) euro fine that CNIL had tried to impose."Curren
California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

Business
California lawmakers have passed a bill that paves the way for gig economy workers to get holiday and sick pay.Assembly Bill 5, as its known, will affect firms like Uber and Lyft, which are based in California and depend on those working in the gig economy.Some estimates suggest costs for those firms would increase by 30% if they have to treat workers as employees.But opponents of the bill say it will hurt those people who want to work flexible hours.If it is signed into law, the bill will change how employees are treated in the gig-economy, which has been a cornerstone of the model adopted by ride-hailing firms and food delivery apps.But California state senator Maria Elena Durazo said underpaying workers wasn't innovative. Assembly Bill 5 would put into...
Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a legal challenge failed on Friday. Protester Ginette Evans said there was a "mood of disappointment" but insisted the fight was "not over".Cuadrilla insisted the process was safe and would be of "enormous" benefit.The company's chief executive Francis Egan said: "These are the first exploration wells that will be tested... we have high hopes for them but we have to wait and see what comes out."If successful, he said it would "lead to tens of thousands of jobs and could be a very signific...