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The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

Usually good for a conspiracy theory or two, U.S. President Donald Trump has that the virus causing COVID-19 was either intentionally engineered or resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Its release could conceivably have involved an accident, but the pathogen isn’t the mishmash of known viruses that one would expect from something designed in a lab, as a in Nature Medicine conclusively lays out. “If someone were seeking to engineer a new coronavirus as a pathogen, they would have constructed it from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness,” the...

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Microsoft’s Nadella is making a smart bet with TikTok — there’s more to gain than some realize

Microsoft’s Nadella is making a smart bet with TikTok — there’s more to gain than some realize

This summer has been eventful for ByteDance, the owner of the rapidly growing social network TikTok.First, the Indian government banned the application from distribution in the country, due to concerns that the Chinese government might access user data. Then a number of U.S. companies warned employees to remove TikTok from their work phones. Most recently, President Trump threatened to ban TikTok in the U.S.Into this maelstrom has stepped Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, with an offer to purchase the U.S. business of TikTok. Nadella has earned a reputation as a savvy operator. He has...

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