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MUTANT GENE SAVES RHINO
Endangered species saved from extinction by genetic modification
Dateline: 8 October 2024
A decade ago, the African rhino was threatened with extinction as poaching escalated every year. Demand for rhino horn reached an all-time high in 2016, and poachers, desperate for instant riches, risked their lives to kill the remaining animals in South Africa’s national parks. Powdered rhino horn is highly prized in east Asia for its...

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Instant genetic profiles and personal prescriptions short-circuit clinical trials
Dateline: 1 October 2009
Life Sciences company Millennium Pharmaceuticals and its joint venture partner, DNAture Group, announced today that up to five years can be cut off new drug delivery by short circuiting clinical trials. Recent ground-breaking developments in pharmaceutical genomics now enable individuals to access unique treatments based on their own genetic blueprints. The increasingly effective design of...
THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL PLUMMETS AS THE USA SHUTS THE DOOR
Dateline: 3 February 2009
Global markets reeled today as America announced a total embargo on oil imports from the Middle East. The move effectively smashes the stranglehold of OPEC. At the beginning of her second term in office, President Hillary Rodham Clinton said the decision was in the interests of national security. America’s fervent nationalism is the result of...
There's no money in this bank at all!
Dateline: 21 June, 2007
If forecasts prove correct this could turn out to be the world’s most valuable bank. DNAture World Inc was launched yesterday as the world’s most ambitious project yet to keep your genetic information secure and available for trade. Based not in the City of London, but in the lush green countryside of Berkshire, the launch...
On the eve of a planned attack in the UK, the notorious terrorist Black Hammer is captured by Smart Dust
Dateline: 16 September 2008
Just hours before a planned terrorist attack of monstrous proportions, the elusive Black Hammer, the world’s most wanted terrorist, was captured today at Heathrow Airport. Black Hammer’s capture is the result of a magnificent collabo-ration between the anti-terrorist forces of four nations and the Big Brother technology of Smart Dust. For nearly two years, Black...
London’s new South Bank bathes in brilliant white light as the incandescent light bulb shatters
Dateline: 7 January, 2010
The lights went up last night in London as South Bank, the capital city’s new theatre and arts complex, was unveiled. But this was no ordinary illumination. Overlooking the River Thames, South Bank has been hailed as an architectural masterpiece – and it boasts the most advanced lighting techno-logy in the world. The energy-saving lights...
AT&T introduces BE ME 'conscious software' and says goodbye to its HR department
Dateline: 8 September 2010
If you are an employee of AT&T and ring the HR department tomorrow morning, you will be not be talking to a human being. You could be talking to Millie, Sam or Susan: they might look like a person on your videophone or your PC screen, but they are virtual beings. These are the most...
The credit card game is over - the mobile phone wins
Dateline: 3 August 2009
Some of the most powerful icons of 20th Century capitalism were finally shut down last night by a real 21st Century villain: the mobile phone. Over the past seven years, since the early years of the decade, the mobile phone has proved to be a real business terrorist. It wrenched people from their place of...
Europe and America 'outsource' their ageing populations to reduce healthcare costs
Dateline: 12 August 2015
While the Western World has reeled from its rapidly ageing population, spiraling health care costs and falling pension benefits, the countries of South-East Asia have quietly grown a massive industry based on the provision of care to the elderly. Hospitals, nursing homes, taxi companies, catering companies, emergency medical alert support and drug companies – all...
The unthinkable becomes passé
Dateline: 26 June 2020
Today human cloning is the de facto standard for wealthy couples to have the child they want. The once much-vaunted ‘designer baby’ is now an uneventful reality for those who can afford it. The trend has resulted in an exponential growth for the cloning companies. Yet the noise just won’t die down completely. There were...
Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. This used to be incinerated or jettisoned back in port. Now, using the latest waste management technology to convert all food waste into a biodegradable plastic, Princess...

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