February 2nd, 2016

The Short: "Scientists get 'gene editing' go-ahead"

by James Gallagher (BBC News)

UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos.
It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it.

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The Long: "When Walmart Leaves Town"

by Brian Barrett (The New Yorker)

According to Michael Hicks, a professor at Ball State University, in Indiana, and the author of a book on the company’s economic effects, Walmart is not the small-business bogeyman we assume it to be. “There is very little compelling evidence that Walmart crushed small businesses,” he said. “On the contrary, Walmart killed Sears and Kmart.” 

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