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+ - Geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos->

Submitted by Phoghat
Phoghat writes: After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.
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Comment: Re:And redundancies come through faster as well! (Score 1) 330

by Phoghat (#49412959) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

The authors found that batteries appear on track to reach $230 per kilowatt-hour by 2018. The authors found that batteries appear on track to reach $230 per kilowatt-hour by 2018.

Perhaps some time after 2018 we will see editing of article summaries before they go to the front page as well? Nah, probably not.

OP should just change name to Johnny Two Times

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

I agree with almost every one of your points, but there exists a prejudice against ANY automobile automation because it isn't "macho", or dilutes the "driving experience" EG, the auto vs manual transmission debate: Automatic transmissions have proved themselves far superior in many racing venues, yet all you here is "real men only drive a manual" Meh!

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249425) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
"“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln In "The Second Amendment: A History", Michael Waldman quotes that statement from Abraham Lincoln by way of explaining that judges, even Supreme Court justices, are not much different from politicians when it comes to public opinion: It informs, even where it does not direct, their actions and decisions. The Supreme Court only got around to affirming the individual’s right to gun ownership in 2008—by then the court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was more or less in line with public opinion, which itself had changed markedly over time, thanks largely to a two-pronged propaganda blitz by the National Rifle Association and the equally vociferous arguments of conservative legal "scholars". In 1959, a Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning handguns; by 2012, that figure had dropped to 24 percent. Waldman is not cynically suggesting that the Supreme Court is a slave to public opinion. Rather, he is pointing out what should be obvious but is too often ignored: The court does not operate in a vacuum. Our view of the Second Amendment, he writes, “is set at every stage [of the nation’s history], NOT BY A PRISTINE CONSTITUTIONAL TEXT , but by the push-and-pull, the rough-and-tumble of political advocacy and public agitation.” I rest my case

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249313) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
""A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State... "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The People are to be armed, to protect the country (which is The People), AGAINST its own army, if need be. " an awful lot of personal opinion there "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." And, "The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it." H.L. Mencken

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249283) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
and seeing as how, when the 2nd amendment was written, there wasn't a hell of a lot of "densely populated regions", and those regions that were populated, densely or otherwise, many had laws that said that when in town, leave your guns at sheriff's office, get them back when you leave Look, I own guns, I used to hunt ( as a personal, don't any more), but I love target shooting Own an Olympic grade air rifle, and my personal motto is: Ten shots, 10 meters, one hole (it's sort of a Zen thing)

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