Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert landed behind bars. Now, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cause for concern. His former chief of staff — American-born Ari Harrow — will testify in a fraud investigation — involving big money from overseas supporters. Amir Tibon, Washington correspondent for the Israeli paper Haaretz, has more on this stunning development.
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Medical researchers are a step closer to fulfilling the promise of preventing disease — not just for living individuals, but for generations to come. Scientists have successfully edited a gene that causes an inherited disease in a human embryo. Will Huntington's, Tay-Sachs, some breast and ovarian cancers — even early-onset Alzheimer's -- disappear for those who have the resources? So far, research is confined to the laboratory, but it's raised hope about eliminating human suffering despite questions about unintended consequences.
Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press (@AP)
Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review (@antonioregalado)
Kelly Ormond, Stanford School of Medicine (@Stanford)
John Evans, University of California, San Diego (@UCSanDiego)
American Society of Human Genetics on gene editing
Neergaard on first embryo gene-repair's promise for inherited disease
MIT Technology Review on gene editing study and clinical trials
Ormond on creating ground rules for human germline editing
John H. Evans
Republicans control both the White House and Congress, but party unity may be on the decline. Just yesterday, the President tweeted about the passage of sanctions against Russia by "the same people that can't even give us H[ealth]Care," and some Senators are openly creating divisions. Both Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have made it clear that they are not voting for the Republican Party, but for their own constituents.
A veteran of Capitol Hill, David Hawkings is senior editor at Roll Call where he writes a column and the blog, "Hawkings Here."
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