The Daily Populous

Sunday December 8th, 2019 night edition

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The geneticist whose work helped map the human genome, the first step in the quest to manipulate what is essentially the software of human life, says reversing the aging process in humans may be less than 20 years away.

George Church takes Scott Pelley into his Harvard Medical School lab to see his latest work for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Thanks to Church and others whose work decoded DNA, called the building blocks of life, the day when humans will no longer be prone to viruses or genetic diseases is coming.

But one of the next breakthroughs could be reversing the basic process of age itself.

"Age reversal is something that's been proven about eight different ways on animals," says Church.

He tells Pelley that in mice, tissue damage has been repaired, reaction times sped up and cognition improved.

The process could be perfected in humans in less than 20 years says Church. »

Introducing peanuts and eggs early can prevent food allergies in high risk infants

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One group was introduced to six allergenic foods (including peanut and egg) from three months of age alongside breastfeeding and was called the Early Introduction Group (EIG).

The early introduction of allergenic foods to infants who were not at a high risk of developing food allergies was not associated with an increased risk of developing a food allergy.

These three challenges all contributed significantly to non-adherence and would need to be addressed if infant feeding recommendations were updated. »

Chipotle has nurses to ensure workers really sick, not just hungover

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"We have nurses on call, so that if you say, 'Hey, I've been sick,' you get the call into the nurse," Niccol told a Barclays webcast on Wednesday.

"The nurse validates that it's not a hangover — you're really sick — and then we pay for the day off to get healthy again.".

But Chipotle handles things differently these days in its 2,500 restaurants, acccording to Niccol. »

4 Sailors’ 118 Days at Sea: Survival Tale or Hoax?

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Despite losing up to 40 pounds each, the three New Zealanders and an American survived the stormy southern winter in good shape--such good shape that some people doubt their story.

Melvyn Bowen, who conducted an initial investigation, is convinced that the four are telling the truth.

Plausible explanations to these mysteries have been suggested and, although skepticism remains, it is hard to imagine a motive for a hoax. »

France bans two US pesticides, citing risk to bees

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French authorities on Wednesday banned two US pesticides which ecologists deem harmful to bees.

The court said sulfoxaflor was liable "to present a major risk of toxicity" to pollinators.

The Nice court found that measures to reduce any risk to bees by for example not applying the pesticide during the blossoming season were not sufficient to permit its use, citing previous concerns highlighted by EU authorities. »