Scientists ‘switch off’ the extra chromosome that causes Down’s Syndrome

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  • Down’s syndrome (DS) is a genetic condition that occurs as a result of an extra chromosome called chromosome 21
  • Researchers added gene called XIST to human stem cells with DS
  • Scientists found this ‘silenced’ the extra copy of chromosome 21
  • Breakthrough could lead to gene therapy to treat the condition

American scientists believe they have found a way to ‘switch off’ the extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have managed to prevent the condition ...

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Neill Blomkamp Turned Down The Opportunity To Work On Star Wars

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WHAT?!?!?

July 16, 2013Alexander Lowe1

Neill Blomkamp LA 010810 540x360 Neill Blomkamp Turned Down The Opportunity To Work On Star Wars

When Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was first announced, a lot of Neill Blomkamp fans wanted the District 9 director to take on Star Wars: Episode VII. After all, with his best picture nominated debut he created a wonderful dystopian film that not only appealed to sci-fi nuts, but to moviegoers ...

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Timberlake Teams up with Affleck!

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Justin MUST be loving his film career..

Runner, Runner

Synopsis

Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to out-maneuver the two forces closing in on him.

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Self-destructing electronics have potential to help the planet

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In what looks like something out of a spy movie, university researchers have come up with electronic devices that self-destruct.

No, you’re not going to see any Mission: Impossible-style explosions here. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, they’re working on electronics that dissolve in water.

While this may seem like a really, really bad idea if you’ve ever dropped your phone into a body of water, the idea is that these dissolving electronic parts will actually be ...

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‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes officially back on for ‘Bond 24’

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Ernesto Ruscio/WireImageSam Mendes will return.

James Bond fans everywhere were more than a little disappointed when “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes announced earlier this year that he would not be returning to helm the as-yet-untitled “Bond 24.”

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes said in March, referring to longtime 007 series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara ...

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Venice Unveils Classics Lineup

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Venice Unveils Classics Lineup

ROME — The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup of its Venice Classics section, which comprises Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights),” toplining Claudia Cardinale, who will be the event’s guest host.

Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the new print of “Sandra” (Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa) will open the Lido section dedicated to classics and film history docus at the fest’s upcoming 70th edition.

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