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Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

Health
May 10 (UPI) -- New research suggests women are increasingly foregoing BRCA tests, which only test for mutations in either of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, opting instead for more comprehensive tests that detect mutations in a larger number of genes.Because multigene tests can identify a variety of mutations, the risks of which aren't well established, health researchers hypothesized the increase in such tests would lead to an uptick in prophylactic mastectomies -- the removal of both breasts to prevent the development of cancers.However, the latest survey of breast cancer testing showed changes in test preferences haven't resulted in more mastectomy surgeries."In general, multigene panel tests yield more clinically useful results and are rapidly becoming the norm," Dr. Allison Kurian, an ass...
Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Technology
Criminals used drones to disrupt the monitoring of a hostage situation, says the FBI.A top FBI official told a drone conference in Denver that criminals deliberately flew several small drones to block the rescue team's view of an unfolding situation.The drones caused the FBI to lose sight of the attacker."We were then blind," Joseph Mazel, the FBI's operational technology law unit chief, told the AUVSI drone conference.According to military news site Defense One, which attended the conference, the hostage situation occurred over the winter in the outskirts of a large US city.The FBI had set up an elevated observation post to monitor the hostage situation, and suddenly drones appeared, carrying out a series of "high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them [out],...
Google confirms its tech is used by Pentagon

Google confirms its tech is used by Pentagon

Technology
Google has confirmed that its technology is being used by the Pentagon to analyse footage captured by drones.A program called Project Maven is utilising the technology to automate the analysis of objects in the enormous amount of images that are captured by the Department of Defence's surveillance drones - also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Gizmodo reported that some Google employees were "outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations".There have been almost 30,000 coalition strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria since the US-led intervention in 2014, the intelligence behind many of which is developed by analysis of UAV surveillance footage.Video:How do drone strikes happen?Google confirmed that softwa...
Facebook Messenger used to fight extremism

Facebook Messenger used to fight extremism

Technology
By Catrin Nye and William KremerBBC Victoria Derbyshire programme and World HacksFacebook Messenger has been used to try to deradicalise extremists in a pilot project funded entirely by the company.People posting extreme far-right and Islamist content in the UK were identified and contacted in an attempt to challenge their views.Of the 569 people contacted, 76 had a conversation of five or more messages and eight showed signs it had a positive impact, researchers claim.Privacy campaigners say it means Facebook is straying into surveillance.Technology companies have been urged to do more to stop extremist material littering their sites following a series of cases involving people who were radicalised online. This pilot was led by the counter-extremism organisation Institute for Strategic Di...
Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season

Sports
'Grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1 from the start of the 2018 World Championship season.Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations, said the change would be made "so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport".F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live in December that the use of female promotional models was "under review".The new F1 season begins on 25 March."While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms," Bratches added. "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world."Grid girls 'part o...