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Capsaicin, that spicy component of red peppers, might be useful in treating obesity. Korean researchers report in the Journal of Proteome Research how they fed one group of rats regular food along with saline, another received a high-fat diet and saline, while a third group of rats ate a high-fat diet with capsaicin diluted in saline to study the effect of capsaicin on weight gain. The rats who received capsaicin weighed about 8 percent less than the rats in the high-fat group that received only saline.

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A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

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