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Pest blights India's GM cotton crop, fuelling debate over risks

MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Oct 9- Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer. India's overall crop losses are expected to be light, because the states are not...
Source: Reuters | By: Rajendra Jadhav and Rupam Jain Nair
Boom in gene-editing studies amid ethics debate over its use

WASHINGTON- The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder. Researchers in China already have, and they're poised to in Britain.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
US maritime schools feel connection to sunken cargo ship

BOURNE, Mass.- The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline come into view as the ship sails into New York Harbor on calm waters. Two graduates of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, engineers Jeffrey Mathias and Keith Griffin, were among the 33 crew members of the El Faro. William Brennan, president of the Maine Maritime in Castine, Maine, said Thursday that...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press
Lawsuit in Iowa challenges so-called 'roadside zoos'

DES MOINES, Iowa- Pamela and Tom Sellner describe the small zoo they opened in northeastern Iowa nearly 15 years ago as a labor of love that evolved from their respect for animals. But the Animal Legal Defense Fund and several Iowa residents are suing the couple, saying their so-called roadside zoo has been mistreating animals for years. "It would mean that the...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press
Medicare premiums set to rise 52% for 7M people

The "hold harmless" provision in the law that addresses cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security benefits is to blame.
Source: USA Today | By: Robert Powell
Nebraska Innovation Campus to open, but challenges remain

LINCOLN, Neb.- The University of Nebraska's new research park will open to the public Friday, with promises that it will foster new partnerships between businesses and university researchers. Pete Ricketts, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and other dignitaries. "It's incredibly exciting for the University of...
Source: The Associated Press
Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists

Mark Peters has been on the job for about a week at the Idaho National Laboratory, where he's in charge of about 3,900 workers. Peters, 51, works for Battelle Energy Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy's research contractor at the 890- square-mile federal facility. "Mark's recognized leadership in all fields of energy research- including energy storage,...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press
How's your heart doing? You may want to read this

CareDx warns it won't be able to sell its transplant rejection test if Medicare reduces the reimbursement rate by more than $2,100.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Dan Mangan
Prosecutors raid VW headquarters in emissions probe

German prosecutors carried out searches for material that would help clarify who was responsible for emissions cheating.
Source: The Associated Press
VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

WASHINGTON- Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company had violated the public's trust. "On behalf of our company, my colleagues in Germany and me personally, I would like to offer a sincere apology for Volkswagen's use of a...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press