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Infant is world’s first to have three biological parents

It sounds like the setup of a wacky science fiction comedy, but this is actually real life. A five-month old baby boy was just revealed to be the first kid in the world with three biological parents, according to New Scientist. The infant was created by a technique that has only been legally approved in the UK, and it lets parents with genetic disorders have healthy babies. The study is believed to fast track progress in the field, and is the latest in a series of advances in genetic science we've seen recently.

The method used in this case was slightly different from the one legalized in the UK. Instead of fertilizing both the mother's and a donor's eggs with the father's sperm and then replacing the donor's nucleus with the mom's, this scenario first swapped out the nucleus of a donor egg for the mother's, then fertilized the resulting egg with the dad's sperm. This prevented the destruction of two embryos, which the family involved were not supportive of for religious reasons.

Neither of the above techniques are allowed in the US, so the New York City-based doctor and his team went to Mexico to carry out the procedure. Five embryos were created, but only one developed normally and was implanted in the mother, who carries the genes for Leigh's disease. Around a quarter of her mitochondria have the disease-causing mutation, according to New Scientist, and she had already lost her first two children to Leigh's.

The three-parent technique was banned after it was last tried out in the 1990s, since the children born from that went on to develop genetic disorders. According to the Independent, critics have described the method as tantamount to playing God.

In this case, the team used a male embryo to avoid passing on any inherited mitochondrial DNA. They tested the baby's mitochondria and found less than 1 percent of it to carry the mutation. The team plans to describe its findings at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Scientific Congress in Salt Lake City in October. Embryologists believe this case should fast-forward progress in the field, according to New Scientist.

Source: New Scientist

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Justin Theroux responds to Jennifer Aniston getting yanked into the Brangelina divorce

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Despite Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's marriage ending 11 years ago, Aniston was an unwitting starring player in the Brangelina divorce announcement last week.

Aniston's husband Justin Theroux recently commented on the divorce and on Aniston's involvement.

"As a child of divorce all I can say is that's terrible news for those children and that's all you can really say," Theroux told Business Insider at a press event for his upcoming film, The Girl on the Train.

"It's boring to sort of comment on anything else. People are having a bad time, that's horrible." Read more...

More about Celebrities, Entertainment, Watercooler, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt
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UberEats is going global, expanding into 22 more countries

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Uber is getting ready to bring UberEats to at least 22 new countries, according to a new report from Reuters

That's a huge expansion for the food delivery service, which is only in six countries right nowReuters determined the ride-hailing giant was launching an ambitious expansion for its food delivery platform through an analysis of its job postings. 

UberEats has quickly snatched up a significant market share in the crowded field of food delivery. In the US, UberEats competes with Grubhub, Seamless and Postmates, while in a competitive market like London it's up against JustEat and Deliveroo. Even Amazon is entering the food delivery wars, offering restaurant delivery in 12 US cities and London.  Read more...

More about Business, Food Delivery Services, Food Delivery, Postmates, and Seamless
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Galaxy Note 7 finally goes on sale in Europe on October 28th

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was originally set to go on sale in Europe on September 2nd, but on that very day the launch was pulled and a global recall issued on account of their tendency to explode without warning. This made the regional recall process a little simpler for Samsung, given only those who had taken advantage of early delivery preorder promotions had devices in hand, but it also meant Europeans have never actually been able to straight-up buy -- battery defects aside -- Samsung's finest smartphone yet. That changes October 28th, however, when the Note 7 will finally go on general sale in the region "subject to full completion of the exchange programme." Though whether consumer confidence has been irreparably damaged already remains to be seen.

Alongside announcing the European launch date, Samsung has provided a number of updates on how the recall process is going today. In Europe, 57 percent of handsets have been handed over since exchanges began just over a week ago, causing Samsung to predict it'll have every defective device back by early October. In the US, over 60 percent of Note 7s have been tracked down, up from roughly 50 percent last week -- the pace is understandably slower as sales started on August 19th, so there are more handsets out in the wild.

Over 60 percent of phones sold in South Korea have also been exchanged, with Singapore residents leading the pack with more than 80 percent of handsets returned. In the immediate aftermath of the global recall, Samsung lost many, many billions in market value; but apparently people that wanted a Note 7 in the first place are happy to stick with the device, with roughly 90 percent of those choosing to receive a new, non-exploding model. Better the devil you know, we suppose.

Source: Samsung

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