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US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.

The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot.

Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

WASHINGTON — Scientists say global carbon pollution went up this year after three straight years when it didn’t go up at all.

Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions rose about 2 per cent. The heat-trapping gas is a key cause of global warming.

The report out Monday dashes hopes that emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas had peaked.