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“We can do personalized genetics on these dogs. We’ve found out a lot about how to study disease.”

Gordon Lark, of the University of Utah, approves of Barack Obama’s choice of pooch for the White House, a choice Wired calls ‘solidly scientific’.

“This puts us in a pretty good position to launch by the middle of the month.”

Allard Beutel, a spokesman at Kennedy Space Center, comments on a new 12 March launch date for the next space shuttle mission (Gannett News Service).

“The review will be conducted by eminent representatives of the science and policy domains from the EU and US.”

The European Union notes that Elias Zerhouni, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, is to sit on a panel charged with reviewing the European Research Council’s structure and funding mechanisms. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia from 1999-20007 and a former professor of psychology, will chair the panel, which also includes David Sainsbury, the UK’s former science minister.

“If people enjoy using these games, then they should continue to do so – that’s a no-brainer. But if people are under the illusion that these devices are scientifically proven to keep their minds in shape, they need to think again.”

Martyn Hocking, editor of consumer magazine Which?, comments after a “panel of experts” concludes there is no evidence playing Brain Training games actually improve memory (Guardian).


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