A moratorium will not address ethical concerns about gene editing

COMMENT Much of the attention garnered by the novel gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is due to the prospect of unprecedented therapeutic applications becoming a reality within the foreseeable future; much of the debate about gene editing has centred on the similarly unprecedented risks that accompany this technology. Donrich Thaldar and Beverley Townsend (“Gene editing is risky, but it is worth it”, Mail & Guardian, September 13) address the possibility of adverse consequences of using CRISPR-Cas9. They argue that, although unforeseen risks are a factor, all therapeutic interventions carry similar risks. Accordingly,…

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2 US Black investment banks merge to dominate financial market

Seeing the need to consolidate their gains, two black investment banks in the US have merged with the fine details to be concluded by January 2020, reports Black Enterprise. The two – Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. L.L.C. and The Williams Capital Group L.P. – will now be known as Siebert Williams Shank & Co. L.L.C. While Siebert Cisneros Shank is No. 2 in tax-exempt securities with $5.4 billion in lead issues and No. 4 in taxable securities with $1.1 billion in lead issues on the BE Investment Banks list,…

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Over 90,000 Ethiopians have left exile: president

Ethiopia’s president Zewde Sahle-Work on Monday said more than 90,000 nationals had returned to the country because of her government’s citizen-centered diplomacy. Sahle-Work, who was appointed to the role in October last year, was delivering her maiden speech to the country’s parliament. Since taking office in April last year, the country’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has released political prisoners, engaged opposition parties and pursued radical economic and diplomatic reforms. These reforms have been cited by several opposition leaders and other Ethiopians who returned from exile, as the reason they have…

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Getaway Show enthrals visitors

Like wine, the Getaway Show gets better with time! The 23rd installation of the annual event blew people’s minds away and left them yearning for more. From an inaugural (exciting) pimp-your-bakkie-for-travel competition to spectacular game reserve attractions, the Getaway Show (sponsored by Dunlop, Getaway Travel and Airlink) had visitors smiling from ear to ear with sheer exuberance written all over their faces. Held at The Ticketpro Dome in Northgate from 4-6 October 2019, the venue was packed to capacity with more than 100 exhibitors strutting their stuff including affordable travel…

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Idi Amin’s mastery of media revealed in newly published photos

For decades he has been reviled as a simple-minded and sadistic dictator, or lampooned as a clownish thug. Now tens of thousands of newly discovered images have shown how Idi Amin exploited cutting-edge media technology, populism and radical ideologies to maintain his bloody grip on power in the 1970s. Idi Amin playing the accordion at Buvuma Island in 1971. Photograph: Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Most of the 70,000 pictures were taken by a team of photographers from the information ministry who followed the Ugandan dictator over the course of his eight-year…

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