Situation Report #1: Gene Therapy, EU elections and tension in China, Vietnam

Enjoy this week news roundup on the current situation:

dna-repairBreakthrough shows how DNA is ‘edited’ to correct genetic diseases
Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and the Lithuanian Institute of Biotechnology has made a major step forward in our understanding of how enzymes ‘edit’ genes, paving the way for correcting genetic diseases in patients.
Source: PhysOrg

Ukraine crisis: Dozens killed in Donetsk clashes
Ukraine forces fight seperatists for a second day in eastern city Donetsk after new leader Petro Poroshenko vows to put down ‘terrorist’ revolt.
Source: Telegraph

European elections 2014: Party leaders to set out response to Ukip victory
UK party leaders are expected to set out their response to Ukip’s “political earthquake”, after victory in EU parliament elections.
Source: The Independent

Vietnam, China trade accusations after Vietnamese fishing boat sinks
Tension rise as Chinese sink a Vietnamese fishing boat not far from where China has placed an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea.
Source: Reuters

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A sample of previous posts on Plausible Futures Newsletter:

5GW and Norwegian Terrorism (co-published in Interesting Times Magazine)

The Perfect Storm and Black Swan Theory

Why you already live in a cyberpunk future (co-published in Interesting Times Magazine)

The Men Who Stare in Peace: An Interview with Dr. David Leffler

Nanowar Scenarios and the Future of Warfare: An Interview with Edwin Thomas, Director of MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

Undesirable World Futures: Things That Could, But Shouldn’t, Happen

The Future of Designer Babies

30 Years Beyond the Limits – an interview with Jørgen Randers, co-published in Futurology, Forecasts and Initiatives.

View all previous posts on the retired Plausible Futures installation.

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