New pre-conception testing could predict your baby’s risk of common diseases

Another startup, Genomic Prediction, began offering polygenic risk reports in 2019, embryo testing for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization. The company provides risk reports for some of the same multi-gene states as Orchid. Amit V. Khera, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute who developed polygenic risk assessments for heart disease and other conditions, says those results could help adults mitigate their own risks by doing things like diet changes or more exercise. But he does not think that the results are ready for deployment for the purpose of preconception and screening of embryos without further consideration. First

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A new lawsuit showing face recognition is an official civil rights issue

Williams’ unjust arrest, first reported by the New York Times in August 2020, is based on a bad match from the face recognition system of the Detroit Police Department. Two more cases false arrests since then published in public. Both are also blacks and both have initiated legal action. Now Williams is going their way and moving on – not just suing the department for his unjust arrest, but trying to ban the technology. On Tuesday, the ACLU and the University of Michigan Civil Rights Litigation Initiative filed a lawsuit on behalf of Williams, stating that the arrest violated his

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Why is it so difficult to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data.

“We will never have perfect data and there will always be uncertainties,” said Grace Lee, a professor at Stanford University and chair of the Covid-19 Vaccine Safety Advisory Technical Subgroup, when the group met on Wednesday. “It’s really important for me to get better risk assessments.” Board members agreed to regroup when they have more time to collect and assess data on who might be most at risk for complications and how this compares to the risk of catching and spreading covids. All six cases reported after the vaccine became widely available occurred in women; one additional case – male

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Police in Ogden, Utah, and small towns across the United States use these surveillance technologies

One afternoon I followed Heather West, a detective reviewing the gray compliments in the license plate database, and Josh Terry, an analyst who discovered the kidnapper with a Cowboys jacket, to fly a drone over a park where a city golf course stands on the edge of town. West was on command; Terry followed the drone’s path in the sky and maintained a “situational awareness” for the crew; another detective focused on the iPad, showing what the drone saw, as opposed to where and how it was flying. Of all the devices under the hood at the real-time crime center,

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Consider a career in Ethical Hacking?

The rising incidents of hacking worldwide are not just having financial implications on companies, but they are also denting their brand credibility and taking customers away from them. Compounding the problem is the fact that as per a recent report by Sophos only 8% of Indian IT managers have a skilled cybersecurity team. The scarcity of talent in enterprise cybersecurity means that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is quite high and the job role is emerging as a high-paying option. Ethical hacking is fast-emerging as a good career choice for tech professionals. What is ethical hacking? Hacking is a process of finding vulnerabilities in a

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Silk Road Bitcoin Seizure: Analytics Firm Claims Tokens Worth Millions Still Outstanding

Analytics firm Coinfirm says the US Department of Justice (DOJ)’s seizure of digital assets associated with the now-defunct Silk Road left behind tokens worth millions of dollars. According to Coinfirm, there are still valuable balances held on forked addresses originating from that wallet. On November 5, the DOJ announced that a hacker known as Individual X had cooperated with law enforcement and agreed to relinquish control of over $1 billion worth of bitcoins. At the time of the seizure of the 69,370 BTC, news.Bitcoin.com reported the DOJ confirming that 1HQ3-the address that was controlled by Individual X also contained approximately 69,370 BCH, BTG, and BSV.

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Sure, Bitcoin’s Price Is Cool, but Bitcoin’s Technology Is Hot

Bitcoin is back in the news. As a wave of institutional liquidity pours into Bitcoin’s markets, even some of its staunchest critics are finding it hard to dismiss the 12-year-old asset as its price surges to new all-time highs.  At the very least, these past three years have proven that Bitcoin is certainly not dead. At the most, it gives credence to the investment thesis of its most bullish proponents: that it is one of the most revolutionary technologies of its time. Subscribe to Blockchain Bites, our daily update with the latest stories. SUBSCRIBEBy signing up, you will receive emails about CoinDesk products and you agree to our terms &

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Dogecoin Cofounder Faces Harassment While ‘Meme Coin’ Hype Trends Among Investors

As dogecoin’s frenzy keeps making the headlines in the crypto sphere, some people are not happy with it. Billy Markus, Dogecoin’s cofounder, has been a target of long-lasting online harassment, which still doesn’t end, he claims. Markus Sold All His Doge in 2015 The so-called meme coin, DOGE skyrocketed well over 325% in a single day, specifically on January 29, 2021. The dynamic was the similar one followed by the Gamestop/Wallstreetbets saga. In this case, a Reddit group called Satoshistreetbets was allegedly behind the recent dogecoin’s pump. However, Markus, also known in the crypto industry as “Shibetoshi Nakamoto,” published some

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Silver Squeeze Goes Viral, Ounce of Ag Jumps Above $30, Wallstreetbets Fans Question Trend’s Legitimacy

This past week, another social media trend started on the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets, which aims to initiate a large silver short squeeze in order to push the price of the precious metal to $1,000 per ounce. However, the silver squeeze trend comes with controversy, as numerous wallstreetbets supporters believe hedge funds like Melvin Capital and Citadel are behind the silver push. The Controversial ‘Silver Squeeze’ During the last week, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the wallstreetbets (WSB) saga taking place on social media forums and the infamous subreddit r/wallstreetbets. Since the mega short squeeze on the Gamestop (GME) shares, the squeeze maneuver

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