The Daily Populous

Saturday December 29th, 2018 evening edition

image for USA Poll: 65 to 71% favor human genome editing to prevent blindness, cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.

Americans favor the use of gene editing to prevent disease or disabilities, while there is strong opposition to using the technology to change a baby’s physical characteristics, such eye color or intelligence.

The same holds true for the opposition to altering genes in order to change physical features or capabilities.

Americans hold similar views about the ethics of gene editing.

Two-thirds say it is morally unacceptable to use gene editing to change a baby’s physical features or characteristics.

The idea of using gene editing technology to prevent or cure a genetic disorder in an adult is supported by 56 percent, opposed by 17 percent, and 27 percent neither favor nor oppose.

While Americans favor using gene editing to deal with physical ailments, there is less support for the use of taxpayer money to finance testing on human embryos to develop the technology.

Overall, 48 percent oppose federal funding to test gene editing technology, while 26 percent favor it and 25 percent neither favor nor oppose. »

Despite DNA Evidence, Twins Charged in Heist Go Free

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Now a real-life heist in Germany seems to have flouted that rule along with its moral subtext that crime doesn't pay.

Three masked, gloved thieves were caught on surveillance cameras sliding down ropes from the store's skylights, outsmarting its sophisticated security system.

A year earlier in Boston, a suspected rapist blamed his identical twin when confronted with the matching DNA. »

NASA, other federal workers not as supportive of government shutdown as Trump claims, union rep says

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The shutdown impacts 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal workers nationwide, including 16,700 NASA employees, which accounts for 96 percent of the workforce.

Although most of NASA's employees will be furloughed, those responsible for keeping people and property safe are exempted from the shutdown.

For example, International Space Station operations will continue: about 200 of the 3,055 federal employees at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will continue working primarily to keep the three astronauts aboard the space station alive. »

Tristin Hopper: Caillou is an aggressively bad show ruining the world's children ... and it's all Canada's fault

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Whining, demanding, throwing (themselves) on the floor kicking and screaming,” writes a Michigan mother on the petition “Remove ‘Caillou’ from the air.”.

“He is the very definition of a bad influence,” reads one of the less swear-y IMDB reviews of the show. »

Trump is keeping the government shut down over an immigration crisis that doesn't exist

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Elvira Choc grieves as she attends a memorial service for her 7-year-old granddaughter, Jakelin Caal, in San Antonio Secortez, Guatemala.

The two deaths have drawn significant attention to the medical care available to migrants taken into custody by the U.S. government.

Advocates have argued for months that the administration’s detention policies increased the health risks to migrants, particularly children. »