Authorities say they hope to start allowing residents to return by month's end to Southern California neighborhoods devastated by mudslides _ if they can get most utilities restored by then
Ever been woken up by a rooster crowing in the morning and wonder why the roosters themselves don’t go deaf from their own crow? Buzz60's Sam Berman has the full story.
Jury selection for Bill Cosby's criminal sex assault retrial will start March 29 in the suburban Philadelphia county where he's accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004
An official says nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean in Monterey County after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts, granting a major victory to plaintiffs who had contended the districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans
Modern medicine is an amazing thing, but when we start talking about tweaking our DNA things start to sound a little scary. The potentially frightening nature of altering human DNA — we're getting awfully close to "playing God" with this kind of stuff — delayed scientists in the US who wanted to push forward and test the CRISPR gene editing technology with humans. In China things are a little bit different, and a new report in the Wall Street Journal reveals that not only are Chinese scientists ahead of the curve when it comes to DNA manipulation, but they already have dozens of CRISPR patients. Doctors in China are able to forge ahead with gene editing without jumping through nearly as many hoops as are required in the United States and many other countries. Rather than years of wading through regulations and other requirements before beginning trials, doctors in China are essentially free to dabble with the technology in the hopes of using altered DNA to cure patients of all kinds of devastating diseases. By taking cells out of a patient, modifying them, and then infusing them back into the individuals, doctors hope to be able to cure everything from HIV to cancer. The first US trials using CRISPR, being spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania, are slated to begin soon, but scientists in China have already been using it for years. The first few dozen human trials of the technology were conducted as far back as 2015. In total, at least 86 individuals have already had their genes edited in China. But as promising as gene editing might sound to someone with an incurable disease, the consequences of altering an individual's DNA are still largely unclear. Beyond the ethical quandary of altering the very fabric of what makes us human, many scientists fear that while tweaking a person's DNA could benefit them in the short term, it could cause even more devastating issues down the line. Many argue that the regulations and red tape slowing the progress of CRISPR research is a necessary evil to ensure things don't spin out of control. There's plenty of fear in the scientific community that China's relentless push forward could end badly, and perhaps hamper the world's understanding and acceptance of gene editing for medical purposes.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an order prohibiting telecommunications companies receiving state contracts from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps
A U.N. report on the increase in peacekeepers killed in violent attacks blames inaction in the field and "a deficit of leadership" from U.N. headquarters to remote locations for many fatalities
Manhattan's district attorney says he'll no longer accept campaign contributions from lawyers who represent people investigated or prosecuted by his office
New Yorkers called a flag on the play after the Empire State Building was lit up in the colors of the Patriots and the Eagles. Buzz60's Josh King (@abridgetoland) has more.
Skywatchers will want to mark January 31 on their calendars—the day will feature what EarthSky.org is calling a "super Blue Moon eclipse." In other words, a supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse will be happening simultaneously. NASA , meanwhile, uses the term "Super Blue Blood Moon" in...