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Three Parents and a Baby?

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10 months ago

England may allow a new technique that would take DNA from three people in order to avoid passing on genetic diseases such as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation. This in vitro fertilization method would require a tiny amount of DNA from a donor, in addition to ...

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New To The Cloud: Your House Keys

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Debuting this week at selected Manhattan 7-Elevens is KeyMe, a kiosk service that allows users to get copies of their keys at any hour of the day or night. If a customer just wants a duplicate, the kiosk will scan it and produce a new key for a few dollars. It also ...

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The Earth's A Big Green Marble

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? The National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP), a collaboration between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has produced a series of high-resolution images that displays the planet's vegetation in closer detail than ever before. They ...