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FDA says engineered anti-Zika mosquito environmentally safe

(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators said a genetically engineered mosquito being used in the fight against Zika will not have a significant impact on the environment, possibly paving the way for the technique to be used in the country. The self-limiting strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito was developed by Oxitec, the U.K.-subsidiary of U.S. synthetic biology company Intrexon Corp. The male mosquitoes are modified so their offspring will die before reaching adulthood and being able to reproduce. Preliminary findings of an investigational trial by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted in the Florida Keys region ruled that the genetically modified mosquitoes will not have a significant impact on the environment, effectively agreeing with an environmental assessment submitted by Oxitec.


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Alaska scientists continue researching seabird death mystery

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The common murre on Sarah Schoen's examination table lived a short, hungry life.


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'Ultraprocessed' Foods Make Up More Than Half of Americans' Diets

Calories from "ultraprocessed" foods make up more than half of all calories in the average American diet and account for nearly 90 percent of all added sugars, a new study finds. The researchers also found that the more ultraprocessed foods a person eats, the more likely he or she is to exceed the recommended daily limit for added sugars in the diet, according to the study. Consuming too much added sugar is "most likely contributing" to growing levels of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, they added.

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World's Fastest Moving Fault Took a U-Turn Eons Ago

The twisting, stretching crust lying beneath New Zealand harbors the world's fastest moving fault, new research suggests. The Alpine Fault, part of the fault zone at the point where the Pacific Plate is diving beneath the Australian Plate, has shifted the two corners of New Zealand's South Island relative to each other a whopping 435 miles (700 kilometers) over the last 25 million years. "I don't think anybody in their wildest dreams would have thought that displacements on the fault could be so large, and also change direction so dramatically through time," study lead author Simon Lamb, a geologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, said in a statement.


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Why Do Uterus Transplants Fail?

On Wednesday (March 9), the Cleveland Clinic announced that its patient who had received a uterus transplant had experienced a sudden complication and that the transplanted organ had to be removed. The transplant was initially performed on Feb. 25, in a 9-hour surgery. So far, there have been 12 uterus transplants in the world, and five were not successful.

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Google AI program wins third straight match to take Go series

Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program on Saturday took a 3-0 lead in a five-match series against one of the world's top players of the complicated board game Go. The victory for the AlphaGo program, designed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, over South Korean professional player Lee Sedol, the holder of 18 international titles, has surprised many, including its designers and has underscored advances in AI. "I am very sorry for the powerless display," a dejected Lee told reporters in the South Korean capital, Seoul, after his defeat.


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