13 People Identified As Immune To Genetic Diseases, But Researchers Can’t Find Them

13 People Identified As Immune To Genetic Diseases, But Researchers Can’t Find Them

After trawling through data from more than half a million people, looking for genetic mutations thatwould ordinarily cause the patient to suffer from severe childhood diseases, researchers have discovered something astonishing: 13 of the people have mutations to some of these crippling diseases, but suffer none of the symptoms. This raises the fascinating question of whether some people are somehow immune to certain genetic diseases, and if this could somehow be harnessed as a new treatment. The research, published in Nature Biotechnology, used data from various sources including 23andMe, the…

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Bernie Sanders Joins Verizon Workers On Picket Line

Bernie Sanders Joins Verizon Workers On Picket Line

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) boosted the cause of striking Verizon workers on Wednesday, joining them on a picket line in New York City and blasting the telecom giant in a sidewalk speech. Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast went on strike early Wednesday morning after 10 months of negotiations with the company failed to produce a new contract. The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions represent the workers. It’s the largest strike in the U.S. in four years, and it’s happening…

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Oil Companies Spent At Least $114 Million Fighting Climate Action In 2015

Oil Companies Spent At Least $114 Million Fighting Climate Action In 2015

Non-profit organization Influence Maphas released a report alleging that oil companies spent $114 millionlast year to prevent action being taken on climate change. The money was divided between publicity to mislead the public on the science and lobbying of politicians to prevent the passage of legislation. The estimate does not include contributions from other fossil fuel companies, and probably misses some under the table payments. The UK-based NGO used tax records and lobbying registers to assess corporate influence andestimate the total spend,not only on direct lobbying, but alsoadvertising, marketing, public…

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North Carolina May Never See a Celebrity Again

North Carolina May Never See a Celebrity Again

From entertainers like Bruce Springsteen to production studios like Lionsgate, Hollywood has promised to boycott North Carolina in light of its discriminatory HB 2 law.”> When it comes to fighting anti-LGBT legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, the entertainment industry has been running laps around sports leagues and putting corporate America to shame. Yes, PayPal withdrew 400 planned jobs from the Tar Heel State in response to HB 2, which banned local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances and required transgender people to use public bathrooms matching their birth certificates, but most major…

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Kobe Bryant goes out in style with 60 points

Kobe Bryant goes out in style with 60 points

(CNN)Fans’ final vision of Kobe Bryant in a purple and gold uniform was like many before as the Lakers’ legend scored a spectacular 60 points in his farewell NBA game.   The third-leading scorer in NBA history, hit in recent years by injuries that made too many of his final contests a struggle, completed his glorious 20-year career with the style that made him a five-time NBA champion.   The 37-year-old showed the tenacity, toughness and talent that made him one of the all-time greats in basketball history. And unlike…

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Sleeping with the fish: Underwater hotel on remote African island

Sleeping with the fish: Underwater hotel on remote African island

(CNN)Notch this up to Swedes and another ridiculously cool, innovative design.   This latest effort can be found off an African island and straightaway is placed high on that list of ‘amazing hotels I wish i could get to’ many travelers have.   Just off the coast of Tanzania, The Manta Resort on Pemba Island has added a beautiful, other-worldly underwater bedroom to their original 16-room offering. The new ‘digs’ opened for business this month, designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels. They are the brains behind the The Utter…

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