Why it’s dangerous to liken DNA to computer code

Watson and Crick with a model of DNA, the code of biological life, in 1953. Photograph: A Barrington Brown/Science Photo Library Afew days ago, on my way to a discussion in the exquisite little McCrum theatre, which is hidden away in the centre of Cambridge, I had to pass through the courtyard of the Eagle pub in Bene’t Street. As I did so, I suddenly remembered that this is the hostelry where, on 28 February 1953, Francis Crick, rushing in from the nearby Cavendish Lab, announced to astonished lunchers that he and James Watson…

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Vape tracking tech is here to weed out counterfeit THC products

As the CDC looks into the cause behind hundreds of possible cases of vaping-related illnesses in 36 states, people are (rightly) thinking twice about vaping. While the Trump administration has moved to ban flavored e-cigs in the wake of the outbreak, it’s unclear whether the rash of illnesses and deaths are due to vaping itself, which the FDA has scarcely regulated so far, or if the CBD, THC, or nicotine product that was vaped was counterfeit or tampered with in some way. One cannabis company is not waiting around to find out. Akerna, the…

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Amazon reportedly changed its search results to boost more profitable products

Amazon began making changes to its search results last year to prioritize profitability over relevance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those changes were reportedly spurred on by demands from Amazon’s retail divisions and private label team, and they’re said to have the effect of often boosting Amazon’s own products in search listings. To avoid antitrust concerns at a time when Amazon’s role as both a product maker and a platform company are under scrutiny, Amazon doesn’t directly boost products based on how profitable they are, according to the report. Instead, the Journal says that Amazon…

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Orient Electric looks to launch more IoT-enabled products

CK Birla Group firm Orient Electric plans to introduce internet of things (IoT) enabled products in segments like consumer and commercial lighting, a top company official said. The company presently offers fans, air coolers and water heaters equipped with this smart technology. Orient Electric, which has formed a retail partnership with Italy-based small appliances maker De’Longhi Group, also looks to expand premium brands De’Longhi, Kenwood and Braun to tier-II cities besides metro markets. “We will soon introduce smart products in consumer and commercial lighting. We will also increase the range…

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Biocon enters into pact with CMS to sell 3 generic products in China

Biocon on September 12 said it has signed a license and supply agreement with a subsidiary of China Medical System Holdings (CMS) for three generic formulation products in Greater China. Biocon, however, has not specified which products are going to be part of this deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Biocon will be responsible for the development, manufacturing and supply of the products while CMS will be responsible for registration and commercialisation of the products in China. The initial term of the agreement shall be for 10 years from the date…

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How to find new products on Amazon? Jeff Bezos has this plan for fresh listings

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon is reportedly testing a new feature for its popular e-commerce platform to help shoppers discover newly released products. In the latest attempt, Amazon will help customers to decide what to buy, CNBC reported, and the company is testing the feature in select markets for certain customers, a company spokesperson told the news channel. Amazon already has few live badges such as Top Brand, the orange-coloured Bestsellers flag, and Amazon’s Choice which take into account factors including customer reviews and pricing. Amazon has also been testing Top Brand badge for…

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Lucky’s Market to sell Kroger’s Simple Truth products

Dive Brief: Natural grocer Lucky’s Market will now sell Kroger’s Simple Truth private label products in all 39 of its stores, according to a press release sent to Grocery Dive. The company has tested the sale of Simple Truth products at 20 stores in Florida and Georgia this year, and has seen a positive response from shoppers. Simple Truth products “meet or exceed” Lucky’s natural organic program standards, the company said. Lucky’s will continue to sell its own private label products as well. Dive Insight: Colorado-based Lucky’s Markets and Kroger…

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8 Israeli products to keep your pets safe, clean and happy

Our four-legged friends have not been left behind in the Israeli innovation revolution. From the country that invented DogTV, here are eight items you can purchase to help your pet stay comfy and safe. This full pet-health monitor keeps tabs on Tabby’s temperature, pulse, respiration, heart rate variability, activity level, posture and calories consumed. All data is recorded and processed on the collar and transmitted wirelessly to a secure cloud database.Pet parents and veterinarians can see the data via a dashboard, and receive alerts if any abnormalities are detected. Bowldog folding…

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