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Researcher behind gene-edited babies released from Chinese prison



After 3 years in prison the Chinese biophysicist who created the world’s first genetically children through CRISPR has been set free

He Jiankui was imprisoned in late 2019 after claiming that he changed the genetic makeup of IVF embryos before implanting them into a woman’s uterus.

The mother then gave birth to twin girls with a third child being born the year after.

You would probably expect the researcher to be praised for his breakthrough he himself thought he had found the solution to controlling the HIV epidemic but Jiankui was actually condemned globally.

He was found to have worked with two other collaborators to forge ethical review materials while misleading trial participants.

There were editing errors when the genes were tampered with, with one child having 15 base pairs within their DNA deleted while the others remained unchanged.

But the researcher claimed that the trial was successful.

Jiankui was put under house arrest and later detained before being convicted by a Chinese court.

The court says he “deliberately violated” medical regulations and had “rashly applied gene editing technology to human assisted reproductive medicine”.

People close to the scientist confirmed his release from prison they called him but Jiankui did not talk for long saying it wasn’t a convenient time.

Previously, he worked at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen that was where he developed this genetic engineering tool that he called CRISPR.

This was used to alter the twins’ DNA so that they would be resistant to HIV.

Whether or not Jiankui plans on returning to his work and continuing his scientific research remains unclear and whether he even remains in China at all.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.


Gucci goes big in metaverse with new Vault Art Space



Forward thinkers who love fashion, this exhibit is for you

Luxury brand Gucci has opened a Vault Art Space as it continues to explore the art world and the metaverse

Gucci inaugurated the gallery in a partnership with NFT marketplace SuperRare

The debut exhibit is titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci”

Spring Cry by Alanna Vanacore

Keep your eye out for a special selection of NFT artworks, each a collectible fragment of Gucci’s heritage.

The artworks are showcased and auctioned off directly on Vault’s website in three drops between now and the end of July.

All sales will be in Ethereum.

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Samsung penalised for misleading Galaxy phone users



Samsung Electronics Australia will pay $14 million after admitting that it misled customers about its phone’s waterproof capabilities

The false or misleading claims were made about the water resistance of several phones, including the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 8 Samsung Galaxy phones.

It’s understood there were more than 3.1 million of these Galaxy phones sold in Australia.

The company says if the phones were submerged in pool or sea water there was chance of the charging port being corroded and stop working if the phone was charged while still wet.

“The phones would display a warning message to discourage consumers from attempting to charge the phones while water was in the charging port,” the company said.

“The phones also had inbuilt systems to minimise the prospect of corrosion if the phones were attempted to be charged while water remained in the charging port.”


Australia’s consumer watchdog says they reviewed hundreds of complaints from customers who experienced issues with their Galaxy phones.

“The case only relates to a prospect of corrosion of the charging port (if charged while pool or
sea water remained in the charging port), and only following submersion in pool or sea
water. It does not relate to water resistance generally,” the company explained.

Affected customers are urged to contact Samsung.

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Netflix laying off 150 employees amid low revenue and subscriber loss



Netflix is set to implement new cost cutting measures citing the low revenue growth

The largest streaming platform is laying off 150 staffers across the company with most of the cuts focused on the US office.

The layoff represents nearly 2% of the company’s total workforce of 11,000 employees.

One of Netflix’s representatives, while talking about the layoff, told CNBC

These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues.

This comes less than a month after the company recorded a fall in the number of subscribers.

Netflix shares have gone down significantly since January and the forecast shows further subscriber loss in the next quarter.

The company likely plans to introduce ads to the service or any one of its tiers after being ad free for years.

There might also be actions to prevent password sharing or charging users for doing so.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report


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