Scientific American – Science and scientific research is important because it provides answers to the most persistent challenges our societies face, including climate change, public health and food security. Yet, these answers are often only published in peer-reviewed journals.
MIT Technology Review – Alphabet’s life sciences arm, Verily, says it has built a robot that can raise a million mosquitoes a week and has used it to produce infertile male insects. The company has started releasing the first batches of what will total 20 million sterilized mosquitoes.
Dallas News – The genetically modified mosquitoes, all male, contain a gene that causes the mosquito’s offspring to die in the first two to three days of life. To eliminate the risk of passing a modification to humans, all the modified mosquitoes are males, since only females bite humans.
Gizmodo – Yes or No Genomics isn’t a real company. It’s satire. The mind behind this parody is Stanford geneticist Stephen Montgomery, who hopes the website he launched this week will highlight the extreme absurdity of many of the “scientific” consumer genetic tests now on the market.
National Defense – The Defense Department sees artificial intelligence, also known as AI, as a key technology for maintaining its advantage over adversaries. But the Pentagon faces stiff competition from commercial industry for computer science talent.
Endpoints News – Spark Therapeutics is getting a short cut at the FDA for its lead gene therapy program, winning a priority review and a January 12, 2018 deadline for what may well become the first gene therapy approved in the US.
Reuters – A U.S. House subcommittee will vote on Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules.