Monday, September 18, 2017

"A biotech startup called Orig3n and the Baltimore Ravens abruptly canceled their plans to give away a free DNA test to 55,000 football fans at Sunday’s game"


The Maryland Department of Health confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it was “in communications with Orig3n,” but declined to elaborate.

The test makes dubious claims about how four genes influence health and wellness traits, such as how your skin will age, whether you learn words quickly, and your athletic prowess. Interested fans would have dabbed the inside of their cheeks with a cotton-swab kit and dropped it off in bins around the stadium.

The company still hopes to do the promotion (“DNA Day”) at a future game. But several bioethicists and genetic experts told BuzzFeed News that the idea was troubling. Not only are Orig3n’s scientific claims suspect, they said, but giving them out so casually, and without proper consent protocols, could unknowingly compromise customers’ privacy. The company, meanwhile, stands to gain droves of new customers and add valuable genetic data to its proprietary databases.

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"The era of the Navy's much-reviled blue digital camouflage work uniform is rapidly drawing to a close"

"The uniform, first introduced in 2009, became the butt of many jokes, earning the nickname 'aquaflage,' as it would camouflage a sailor only if he or she fell overboard underway."

"Kevin Durant Trashes Former Coach, Teammates On Twitter"

"Either Durant was feeling particularly feisty and wanted to tweet at a hater in the third person, or . . . he was attempting to use a spoof account to defend his honor and forgot to log out of his main account before tweeting."

"The company that owns WJAR-TV is mandating the broadcast of multiple programs favorable to President Donald Trump on the state’s most-watched television station"


Sinclair is poised to become the nation’s largest owner of TV stations


Three of the segments have rattled viewers and WJAR’s own news reporters [including] The Terrorism Alert Desk

"Snapchat Removes Al Jazeera Channel in Saudi Arabia" at government's request

"Snap, trying to expand its popularity as a destination for news articles and videos, is encountering a new challenge in the form of potential government censorship of that news."

Obama "continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power"


Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s health-care conference.


“Not everyone’s going to be a Jimmy Carter, who does purely good works after he gets out,”

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