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University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

(Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running rivalry between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University that also holds patents on CRISPR. Patent rights to CRISPR could eventually be worth billions…

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William Davis: ‘Pioneering’ ex-BBC journalist dies aged 85

Image caption William Davis helped launch The Money Programme, one of BBC Two’s best known programmes Former BBC broadcaster and journalist William Davis has died, after heart failure, aged 85. Following a successful career in Fleet Street, he joined the BBC and became a presenter on The World At One and also edited satirical magazine Punch. Born in Germany, he moved at the age of 16 to the UK where he changed his name and became a British citizen. His daughter, Jacki, described him as a “self-made man” who had…

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The pioneering medics who drove across the world to help Nepal

Image copyright Britain Nepal Medical Trust Image caption Villagers in the eastern district of Dhankuta Fifty years ago a group of young doctors and nurses drove from the UK to Nepal, a country desperately short of medics. The health services they helped set up have saved millions of lives since, reports the BBC’s Bhagirath Yogi. In three donated Land Rovers laden with equipment, the 11-strong team left in early April 1968. Through Europe they drove to Istanbul and then crossed Iran and Afghanistan, reaching Pakistan via the Khyber Pass, before…

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Pioneering US ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell dies at 84

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mitchell was the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom Arthur Mitchell, one of the first black ballet dancers, has died in New York City at the age of 84. The pioneering African-American dancer rose from a childhood in Harlem to perform leading roles under renowned choreographer George Balanchine. He was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City ballet in the 50s and 60s and was the first black dancer to gain international stardom. Mitchell said his greatest achievement…

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