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World’s first newborn born from new procedure utilizing DNA of three people

Published in Odd and Fun on 17th January 2018

Experts welcome news of successful mitochondrial transfer but caution against operating in countries beyond regulations The worlds first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who supervised the treatment. The baby was born on 6 April after […]

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For reproductive rights campaigners 2017 felt like the soothe before the blizzard

Published in Odd and Fun on 16th January 2018

The Trump administration has chipped away at women access to contraception and other health services but an all-out assault may just be a question of time The year 2017 was supposed to be when reproductive health battles simmering in the states simmered over into national policy. Not only did Republican retain control of Congress in […]

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Kaine and Pence: two Catholic-inspired visions with little else in common

Published in Odd and Fun on 15th January 2018

Both VP nominees were raised as Catholics but while Democrat Kaine was influenced by liberation theology, Pence was born again as an evangelical Tim Kaine and Mike Pence were born simply a year apart and grew up in the kind of traditional Irish Catholic households that went to mass regularly and venerated John F Kennedy. […]

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Texas rule necessitating burial or cremation of fetal tissue shames women, suit says

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th January 2018

Lawsuit filed by Texas womens rights group attempts to block a new rule it says is a political ploy to stimagise abortions A women rights group has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block a new Texas regulation that requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried. Accusing the nation of a politically motivated […]

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Death row: the lawyer who keeps losing

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th January 2018

The Long Read: A single attorney has had more clients sentenced to death in federal court than any other defence lawyer in America. Hes part of a profoundly flawed system that is about to get worse On the evening of 19 November 1998, the body of a Colombian man, Julian Colon, was found in the […]

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‘Proud to be Mexican’: Gratify the newborn whose huge image gazes over the border

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th January 2018

The art installation emerged last week near Tecate, highlighting controversy over Trumps proposed wall but Kikitos family would rather stay in Mexico The toddler seems to grip the top of the steel fence as he peers into America, his attention focused on something north of the border. The expression is playful but his scale- 65 […]

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Hawaii’s largest homeless camp: rock bottom or a model refuge?

Published in Odd and Fun on 11th January 2018

Long Americas vacation paradise, Hawaii is in a state of emergency as it battles a homelessness crisis. Could Puuhonua safe zones help alleviate the problem? Three backpack-laden children chattered blithely as they trudged down a dirt path and disappeared into a patch of thorny brush along a highway. Tucked around a corner, a woman named […]

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Mexico braced for exodus to US as’ Trump effect’ hurts the peso

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th January 2018

Donald Trump is actually devoting Mexican workers more reason to head to the US , not less In Mexico it is known as el efecto Trump : a barrage of taunts and tweets that rattle the economy and hammer the peso. For the new chairman, it is part of a strategy to pressure companies to […]

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Abortion advocates ‘on a high’ with a long road ahead after supreme court win

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th January 2018

After Mondays victory, providers face the complex undertaking of re-opening clinics, which may take years, and of the preparations for future battles with Texas legislature Abortion providers and advocates met uneasily around a computer screen in Austin on Monday morning, waiting for news from the supreme court. When the ruling came through and handed a […]

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GOP healthcare bill may send pregnant women back to days without coverage

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th January 2018

Few benefits are more vulnerable than maternity coverage under the proposed bill, in a country where giving birth usually expenses $10,000 if paid out of pocket In 2011, when Corey Miller was getting ready to get married, she knew it wouldnt be too long before she and her new spouse would be ready to start […]

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