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And Trakr, Too

Trakr, the German shepherd who located the last Sept. 11 survivor in New York, was cloned by BioArts International (of MissyToo fame) after Trakr's owner James Symington, a former Canadian police officer, entered an essay contest. The cloning was led by Hwang Woo-Suk (whose work in cloning dogs has held up) at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea and resulted in five puppies from their surrogate mothers, born between last December and April. Symington says that if the pups have Trakr's abilities, he will train them to also be search-and-rescue dogs. As for Trakr, he died two months ago at the age of 16.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.