Daily Archives: January 25, 2018

Cocaine, meth traffickers increasingly using vulnerable US seaports to smuggle drugs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents uncover 700 lbs. of cocaine at the Area Port of Philadelphia The Port of Philadelphia, a nondescript shipping facility tucked in between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is known for its imports of perishables like produce, meat, and dairy. But in recent years, to the chagrin of law enforcement officials, it’s become known for something ...

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Sequencing the world

IN NOVEMBER 2015, 23 of biology’s bigwigs met up at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, to plot a grandiose scheme. It had been 12 years since the publication of the complete genetic sequence of Homo sapiens. Other organisms’ genomes had been deciphered in the intervening period but the projects doing so had a piecemeal feel to them. Some were predictable ...

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