NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Worldwide child deaths will be
halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river
blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose
cure for malaria.
The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp
co-founder and former chief executive and his wife.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The advance, reported on Wednesday in Nature, offers what one scientist calls a “genetic firewall” to achieve biocontainment, a means of insuring that GMOs cannot live outside a lab or other confined environment.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the escalating battle of big data vs. human experts, score another win for numbers.
The most accurate predictions of which movies the U.S. Library of Congress will deem “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” are not the views of critics or fans but a simple algorithm applied to a database, according to a study published on Monday.