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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Scientists Talk About Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

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Scientists are now contemplating the fabrication of a human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes.

The prospect is spurring both intrigue and concern in the life sciences community because it might be possible, such as through cloning, to use a synthetic genome to create human beings without biological parents.

While the project is still in the idea phase, and also involves efforts to improve DNA synthesis in general, it was discussed at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The nearly 150 attendees were told not to contact the news media or to post on Twitter during the meeting.

Organizers said the project could have a big scientific payoff and would be a follow-up to the original Human Genome Project, which was aimed at reading the sequence of the three billion chemical letters in the DNA blueprint of human life. The new project, by contrast, would involve not reading, but rather writing the human genome — synthesizing all three billion units from chemicals.

But such an attempt would raise numerous ethical issues. Could scientists create humans with certain kinds of traits, perhaps people born and bred to be soldiers? Or might it be possible to make copies of specific people?

“Would it be O.K., for example, to sequence and then synthesize Einstein’s genome?” Drew Endy, a bioengineer at Stanford, and Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at Northwestern University, wrote in an essaycriticizing the proposed project. “If so how many Einstein genomes should be made and installed in cells, and who would get to make them?”

Dr. Endy, though invited, said he deliberately did not attend the meeting at Harvard because it was not being opened to enough people and was not giving enough thought to the ethical implications of the work.

Credit to NY Times


Mastercard, Visa Say Head & Hand Scanning Is The Future Of Buying


To keep transactions as secure as possible, the MasterCard is taking a multi-layered approach. “We know about device identification, geo location, forensics and analytics on behaviors. 
So you take everything that we already have, and you add another layer on top of that which would be a biometric authentication.” Say you’re ready to buy something on a merchant website, and you’ve already signed up for your bank’s mobile biometric payments option. 
“As a cardholder, that’s just another tool that your bank would offer, that MasterCard facilitates,” Reany says. You hit the pay button, and a message goes from the merchant through MasterCard to the bank. “At that point, we would have sent a notification back to the person’s phone saying ‘hey, are you really trying to buy something?’ You press the phone once to say ‘yes,’ and then it says hold your phone up. 
You hold your phone up to your eye level, you blink your eye, and you never press another button. The blink triggers the fact that the consumer is verifying themselves and that they’re alive. Then we do a quick facial recognition match and give the approval,” Reany says. “Just blink and buy, it’s really that quick.”
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Obama administration tells public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice

There is no limit to the stupidity of the American government....

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The Obama administration has sent a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate.

The letter, which is signed by officials at the Justice Department and the Department of Education, was sent out Friday. A copy was posted on the Department of Justice’s website.

While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administration’s interpretation of civil rights law may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” King said. “We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”
Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity "differs from previous representations or records."
There is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect his or her gender identity, and equal access must be given to transgender students even in instances when it makes others uncomfortable, according to the directive.
Credit to FOX News

US Sends M1 Abrams Tanks to Georgia to 'Impress' Russia

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The US Department of Defense deployed M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks to Georgia to take part in the Noble Partner 16 war-games in what appears to be the latest display of Washington's military power at a time when NATO's muscle flexing has become increasingly frequent close to Russia's border.

"The Pentagon has come to see armored vehicles as an important, if often slow, show of force. That's why a team of M1 Abrams main battle tanks made the long journey to the Republic of Georgia in early May 2016," he wrote for War is Boring.

The military drills, the Pentagon reported, are ostensibly meant to increase Georgia's self-defense capabilities and train approximately 200 Georgian troops, who serve in the NATO Response Force (NRF). The 40,000-strong force was created to tackle challenges in any part of the world. It is made up of soldiers from the bloc's member states as well as NATO partners.

The DoD, according to Trevithick, also pursued other, unstated, goals.
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"In addition to helping train the Georgians for routine tasks, the Pentagon no doubt hopes its tanks will make impressions in Moscow and in the capitals of America's European allies," Trevithick noted.

The US deployed Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M-119 light towed howitzers and several wheeled-support vehicles in addition to the tanks. The games involve 650 US troops, 500 Georgian service members and 150 soldiers from the UK.

The military drills were launched on May 11 and are scheduled to end on May 26.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160513/1039555914/us-m1a2-abrams-tanks.html#ixzz48XoXltde