Examining Issues

Leading the new presidential bioethics panel will be the University of Pennsylvania's Amy Gutmann and the vice-chair of the committee will be Emory University's James Wagner. The panel will have 13 members who will study "intellectual property issues, the application of neuro- and robotic sciences, ... conflicts of interest in scientific research, and the intersection of science and human rights," according to ScienceInsider.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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