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Sunshine in a Tomato

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Remember the Flavr Savr tomato in the 1980s, the first commercially grown, genetically engineered food to improve shelf life and fungal resistance? Researchers recently reported using gene-editing CRISPR tools to build a tomato richer in vitamin D, which could help people who do not get enough of the vitamin from other enriched foods or outdoor exposure to the sun.

Change of Pace

Researchers have published a proof-of-concept study describing a biodegradable, wireless pacemaker that might be used in patients who need temporary assistance after cardiac surgery. The device has been tested in rats, dogs and human heart models.

Body of Knowledge

Humming involves expelling air through the nose. You cannot hum for long when your nose is plugged.

Get Me That, Stat!

 

Cancer death rates among U.S. Black adults fell by 2.6% per year for men and 1.5% per year for women in a new survey covering 1999-2019, possibly because of better access to screening, earlier detection, improved treatment and less cigarette smoking.

But disparities persist: Black people had higher death rates overall and for most cancer types than white, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino men and women.

Counts

3,659,289: Number of births in the U.S. in 2021, a 1% increase over 2020 and the first time in seven years the number of births and general fertility rate in the U.S. have both gone up.

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