WHO panel calls for registry of all human gene editing research

It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure transparency, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday.


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Kaiser Permanente Names Tami Lamp Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente announced that Tami Lamp has been selected as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, known as Kaiser Permanente.

“Our people are our greatest resource at Kaiser Permanente and we are fortunate to have such an experienced leader in this critical role,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “The health care industry is experiencing massive transformation. As we adapt to and lead during these changing times, Tami’s contributions will be critical to our continued leadership in recruiting, retaining and developing our current and future workforce who deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s value proposition to our members, our communities and our nation.”

As chief human resources officer, Lamp will serve on the National Executive Team and be a key advisor to the CEO, senior leadership and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals Boards of Directors. She will have the organization-wide responsibility for all human resources functions, including recruiting, learning and development, succession management, workplace safety and workforce well-being, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations, and for ensuring a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion. Her first day with Kaiser Permanente will be March 27.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and diverse group of professionals,” Lamp said. “Kaiser Permanente is not only at the forefront of changing health and health care in America, it’s also widely recognized as one of the best places to work. Health care is all about people and I’m excited to bring my energy and perspective to this role.”

Lamp has more than 20 years of experience and joins Kaiser Permanente from her role as chief people officer for Icertis, a cloud-based management platform, where she led their mission to grow to and position themselves as a global employer of choice. Previously, Lamp served as executive vice president of human resources for Group Health Cooperative and successfully led the people strategy work before and after their transition to Kaiser Permanente. She also has served as senior vice president and chief people officer at Caradigm and senior human resources director at Microsoft. Lamp holds a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, a master’s degree in aeronautical sciences and business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She also serves on the advisory board of the Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School.


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to shaping the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, and have 217,000 employees and 22,000 physicians. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and improving community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources

Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday.


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Genetic factors influence human brain expansion

An analysis of brain scans from more than 600 children and adolescents reveals genetically-mediated associations between the size of evolutionarily novel brain regions and intelligence test scores. Genetic influences on the brain follow the patterns of evolutionary expansion of the human brain relative to nonhuman primates.
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A Brief History of NFL Draft Prospects’ Stupid Human Tricks

300-pounders doing backflips. Near-400-pounders performing splits. Walking on hands, jumping out of pools, catching footballs (plural!) while doing a backflip… NFL evaluators can’t help but notice some prospects’ viral-video performances. And the prospects can’t help but believe the videos boost their stocks.

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Effect of breastfeeding versus pumping on human milk microbiome

A large-scale analysis in humans suggests that the milk microbiota is affected by bacteria both from the infant’s mouth and from environmental sources such as breast pumps, although future research will be needed to assess the effects that these changes may have on the infant gut microbiome and infant health.
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Human enhancement: Is it good for society?

Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they’re also raising important questions about what it means to be human. These technologies are currently geared towards upgrading or restoring physical and psychological abilities for medical purposes. An application is surfacing, however, that is designed with another goal in mind: embellishing performance. An international team of researchers has been examining the ethical issues arising from these experiments.
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Free Admission to National Center for Civil and Human Rights all February Thanks to Coca-Cola

Admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be free during Black History month thanks to a grant from Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded a $ 1 million grant to the center, located in downtown Atlanta (and next door to the World of Coke museum).

The center announced the news on its website: “The grant will allow free admission for anyone visiting the civil rights landmark starting Monday, January 28 through the end of February. Visitors leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities. In expectation of crowds, The Center will be implementing timed ticketing for admission. Timed tickets will be available on a first come, first served.”

“There is no better way to celebrate this exciting moment in Atlanta’s history than to give back to our hometown,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation in a press release. “We are proud of our city’s remarkable civil and human rights history and are pleased to offer residents and visitors alike the opportunity to learn more about how diversity, inclusion, and unity are central to the story of modern Atlanta.”

Additionally, The Coca-Cola Foundation presented three $ 100,000 grants to Atlanta-area organizations dedicated to promoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy: The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights; and New American Pathways.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum that opened in 2014. Its multimedia exhibits relay the story of the American Civil Rights movement.

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola company. Since its launch in 1984, the foundation has awarded over $ 1 billion in grants “to support sustainable community initiatives around the world,” according to the foundation’s website.

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Siberian cave findings shed light on enigmatic extinct human species

Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in a Siberian cave have provided new insight into a mysterious extinct human species that may have been more advanced than previously known.


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European Court of Human Rights Sides With Amanda Knox—to a Point

ROME—In March 2015, Italy’s highest court definitively acquitted American exchange student Amanda Knox and her erstwhile boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007. She and Sollecito had been twice convicted of the heinous crime, but the final acquittal in Rome was not the final word.

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Italy violated some of Knox’s rights when they originally interrogated her, backing up her claim that she was denied an interpreter or a lawyer and that the interrogators hit her. But they did not support her claim that she had been treated inhumanely.

“The court further observed that at the hearing of 17 December 2007, Ms. Knox had stated that she had been deprived of sleep until she incriminated D.L.,” the court ruling reads, referring to Patrick Diya Lumumba, the full name of the man she initially accused of committing her roommate’s murder. “She had also complained about the limited choice of food offered to her during the period in question. Moreover, the extreme emotional shock that she had sustained during the police interviews had been mentioned in her statement and in that of the interpreter.”

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Wrestling with the Paradox of Jesus as Human and Divine

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In this secular age, few readers will venture into the recondite pathways of theological discourse, but I would encourage those with the slightest inclination to discover how contemporary thinking about Christianity has evolved to look into the writings of Rowan Williams. As good a way as any to begin would be to read his latest book, Christ: The Heart of Creation, a closely argued meditation on how Christians over two millennia have dealt with the paradoxes of Christian thought, as well as about the relationship between a creator God and creation itself.

Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury (2003-2012), the equivalent of the Pope within the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church in the United States. But that hardly begins to describe him. He’s a first-rate poet, gifted with a rich lyrical style and the ability to think in earthy images that bely a deeply speculative mind. He’s a public intellectual, one who weighs in regularly on a variety of thorny topics, from war and peace to human sexuality. He’s also one of the most serious and compelling theologians of our time.

His theological works range widely, beginning with The Wound of Knowledge (1979), a distillation of Christian thinking about spirituality from the New Testament through the mystical writings of St. John of the Cross. This is one of those inexhaustible texts that demands re-reading: I’ve read it at least four times, and plan to revisit it again soon. He’s written more than two dozen important individual works of theology, including influential studies of Arius and Teresa of Avila. Among his many works, I would especially recommend his concise study of the Desert Fathers of ancient Egypt called (in the British edition) Silence and Honeycakes (2003) or, in an expanded American edition, Where God Happens (2005). More recently, in 2017, he published an erudite collection of essays on Saint Augustine, where he looks closely at this influential autobiographer, theologian and philosopher—a shaping mind in the development of early Christian doctrine.

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High-powered brain scanner may find the human ‘soul’

Chinese scientists are developing a $ 126 million state-of-the-art brain scanner to try and find the human soul. They will use powerful magnetic forces to observe the structure and activities of every neuron in a living brain. The aim is to build the world’s most powerful MRI device — which may one day be able to…
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Egypt’s Ahmed Magdy on Human Abortion and Giraffe Reproduction in ‘The Giraffe’

Young Egyptian actor Ahmed Magdy (“Microphone,” “Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim”) is making his directorial debut with surreal drama “The Giraffe,” in which a nocturnal search on Cairo’s streets for money to pay for a young woman’s emergency abortion intersects with a mystery involving the breeding of giraffes in the Giza zoo. “Giraffe,” which is […]

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China Bars Dissident From Accepting U.S. Human Rights Award

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A pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong has been barred from traveling to the United States to receive a major human rights award, according to court documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Joshua Wong, who led major student protests against Beijing in 2014, was sentenced in January to three months in prison for his role leading the demonstrations.

He is appealing the conviction, and out on bail. As a condition of his bail, Wong surrendered his passport to the court. Documents show the court has denied his request to travel to the United States to receive the Lantos prize, an award from an American foundation honoring former House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Tom Lantos. Prior recipients of the prize include Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Elie Wiesel. Wong, whose activist work was the subject of a 2017 Netflix documentary, would have accepted the award in Washington next month had he been able to travel.

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‘The Cleaners’ shows the terrors human content moderators face at work

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“Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work when cleaning out the darkest corners of social media platforms. 

That’s what the documentary The Cleaners, which airs Monday night on PBS, reveals about content moderators in the Philippines who are relentlessly bombarded with violent, graphic, and disturbing images and videos. Ahead of the TV release at a San Francisco screening, the filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck praised the subjects in the documentary for being “brave enough to talk to us.”

Manila has become a de facto headquarters for content moderation for some of the biggest social media and content services like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Twitter, and others. But outsourcing the harmful work doesn’t eliminate the problem. Read more…

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Behold this adorable baby octopus that lived in human trash

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Cleaning up trash is not a glamorous job, and you’d have to imagine that cleaning up ocean trash is no different. Slowly plucking someone else’s refuse and placing it in a bag where it should have been in the first place is something that scientists working in the field tend to do because they feel the moral pull to keep nature free from human garbage, but when researchers in Hawaii took some time to clear trash while monitoring the progress of coral reefs in the area, they were met with a surprise.

Sallie Beavers, a marine ecologist with the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, was part of a team of scientists who discovered two tiny baby octopuses hanging out in some floating plastic trash, and they sure are cute.

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THEATER REVIEW: In ‘The Ferryman,’ actors, real animals and a Iive human baby fight their epic destiny

Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman,” which opened Sunday night at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, packs more juicy and prophetic Anglo-Irish storytelling into a fantastic single night than any cable drama upon which you might ever hope to binge.

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Meet the Film Director Putting the Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Adisa Septuri is an award-winning director, producer, and philanthropist with a track record of putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and social injustices around the world. In 2009 he produced A Day Without Mines, a documentary on child miners in the Kono District of Sierra Leone. “I was in Sierra Leone as part of a film crew to capture something completely different but as fate would have it, I was exposed to the child miners,” said Septuri. While over there, I contracted the deadly Hanta Virus and nearly died over there as a result of it. After being hospitalized for several weeks on life support, I survived that incredible ordeal. While barely clinging onto life, I remember thinking in my darkest moments of the children that I met there and their innocent faces that gleamed with brightness when I gave them a soccer ball to kick around. It was those memories of children laughing and playing in Sierra Leone that pulled me through that ordeal, leaving doctors to refer to me surviving as nothing short of a miracle.” A Day Without Mines won Best Short Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival. It was also showcased on The National Black Programming Consortium, an affiliate of PBS.

The traumatic effects of babies born addicted to drugs are another issue Septuri has captured through the film. Now, with his recently released film Skin In the Game, he’s activating change by shedding light on human trafficking another topic affecting millions of people in the United States. While human trafficking is often thought of as something that happens overseas, a quick Google search tells a different story. Recently, Wisconsin and Tennessee have shown a spike in human trafficking and according to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking.

Skin in the Game stars Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, In Contempt) and is produced by Howard Barish and Kandoo Films, the production company behind 2017 Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA award-winning Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. We caught up with Septuri to learn more about his career.

Where does your passion for putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and topics come from?

Although my parents were divorced, my brother, sister, and I had plenty of everything we needed—love, security, and a solid foundation. But growing up in West Oakland, I was surrounded by kids that were not as fortunate—kids that wore second-hand clothes, went to bed hungry or stole because they were trying to survive, so I kind of grew empathetic toward them. I always felt the pull to help and also wanting to be accepted played a big part. I would literally give someone the shirt off my back if they needed it. I saw so much at an early age that children always held a special place in my heart and that passion just continued to grow as I got older. So for me, vulnerable children are a top priority. I am drawn to their stories in a way that I can somehow help or shed light on or activate change.

Human trafficking came to my attention a few years ago and I have a deep compassion for the victims, which are mainly children. Again, I wanted to activate change, so I developed a script and directed a feature called Skin in the Game. I keep a healthy optimism. My work, although reflecting harsh realities, always leans on posting a vision of a future that can be shaped and altered.

Children don’t have many choices and it’s up to us as adults to assist them and give them the safety I felt as a child. So I guess I get it from my parents in that they blanketed and protected me, which is what I am continuously striving to do with them in my work and in my life.

What are the key messages that you want people to take away debut feature film Skin in the Game?

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. It denigrates woman and makes us less than human. It destroys lives, families, and robs us of any hope for a future. The internet has grown so fast and so wide that predators, traffickers, and pimps are using it to recruit our children. They have all types of manipulative ploys such as “sexting,” which has to do with a young person sending a nude picture of herself or himself to them thinking they are sending it to a newfound love only to have that other person threaten to show it to their family, church, or friends if they don’t comply and many children fall victim to this type of manipulation. The threat is real and lasting and could happen to anyone of us or anyone we might know.

And just like our protagonist in the film Lena, who used to be an ex-prostitute and now rescues girls caught up in prostitution, never give up on our children. Lena may rescue a dozen girls and because of brainwashing, the girls often go back to their pimp, but Lena never surrenders her faith and belief in them. It can be an endless cycle, so try to always instill positivity in our young people and a sense that they are great and no matter what happens, we won’t give up on them.

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