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Medicine

+ - QLD scientists make synthetic embryonic stem cell->

Submitted by rohan972
rohan972 (880586) writes "The Brisbane Times reports:
Queensland scientists have successfully turned synthetic material into an embryonic stem cell, in a research breakthrough that may one day quell the debate over stem cell therapies.

The process, which derives embryonic stem cells from chemically-synthesised proteins, may eventually eliminate the controversial step of destroying human embryos for stem cell therapies, scientists from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) say.

QUT Associate Professor David Leavesly said the artificial proteins are also cheaper and more efficient."

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Media (Apple)

+ - EMI's entire catalogue available DRM free

Submitted by rohan972
rohan972 (880586) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports: EMI Music has become the first of the big four record companies to break from the pack and make its entire catalogue available as downloads free of copy control measures.

The announcement to offer the unprotected format was made in London overnight by EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli. He was joined by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who said his company's market-leading iTunes Store would also carry the new EMI tracks, marking the first time that DRM-free music would be offered to on iTunes."

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