• New CRISPR tool to tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

      New CRISPR tool to tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

      For all the ease with which the wildly popular CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool alters genomes, it’s still somewhat prone to errors and unintended effects. A recently developed alternative, however, claims to offer greater control over genome edits - an advance that could be particularly important for developing gene therapies.

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    • The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      Next year, the long-held dream of repairing satellites already in orbit around Earth will come a little closer to reality. Two new missions - from military contractor Northrop Grumman and a startup called Astroscale - will send spacecraft into orbit to rendezvous with other vehicles zooming around Earth to see if it's possible for two satellites to delicately meet up with each other in space.

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    • IMF: Global economic outlook 'precarious'

      IMF: Global economic outlook 'precarious'

      The world economy is slowing to its weakest pace since the global financial crisis, as the US-China trade war and other factors like Brexit undercut business confidence and investment, the IMF said Tuesday. It warned that the outlook is beset by risks, and hence raised the possibility of the need for emergency action in the form of “an internationally coordinated fiscal response” if economic growth were to deteriorate further.

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    • Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

      Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

      Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a key deal Monday with Saudi Arabia during a key visit for an OPEC+ grouping aimed at stabilising global oil prices and seeking to calm regional tensions with Iran. Putin's visit was the first one to the kingdom in over a decade and followed attacks on Saudi oil installations that Saudi Arabia and the United States have blamed on Iran, an ally of Moscow.

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    • WTO formally backs US tariffs on EU goods

      WTO formally backs US tariffs on EU goods

      The World Trade Organisation (WTO) formally ruled on Monday that the United States is free to take countermeasures against the European Union and Airbus-producing countries Britain, France, Germany, and Spain. This way the President Donald Trump administration no longer faces any legal obstacles for its set of previously scheduled sanctions on billions of dollars of European products that could now take effect on Friday.

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