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Foreign aid workers who father children abroad tracked down by researchers using genealogy tech

British foreign aid workers who father children abroad are being tracked down using genealogy technology by researchers at King’s College London.

It comes in the wake of the Oxfam scandal of 2011, when the aid sector was rocked by allegations that staff had engaged in sexual misconduct with victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Six test cases have already been completed in the Philippines, with men identified in Australia, Canada, the United States and Britain as having fathered children in the country, either through sex tourism or in relation to aid work.

One British man, a former aid worker for

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Researchers pin hopes on Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR technology to detect coronavirus

Coronavirus tests performed in labs are the gold standard for accuracy, and antigen tests are a fast and inexpensive alternative.

But backers of a third type of test, developed by a Nobel Prize winner using cutting-edge CRISPR technology, say it has the potential to be all three: rapid, accurate and inexpensive.

Although these gene-editing technology tests are still being developed and won’t be ready in the United States this year as the weather cools and demand surges, research groups recently published papers describing them as an appealing alternative as testing shortages persist amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Jennifer Doudna, a

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MIT researchers translated the coronavirus into music offering a new perspective for studying the virus

Coronavirus proteins.
Coronavirus proteins.

Markus Buehler

  • Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aren’t only looking at the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, through a microscope, they are hearing it in musical form.

  • Markus Buehler, material scientist and professor of engineering at MIT, described to Business Insider how he and his lab translated the structure of the coronavirus protein into a musical composition.

  • Not only is it a new perspective into observing the virus, but Buehler said future applications of this data could help design antibodies that could counteract human infection with the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.

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