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A selection of in vitro fertilization hormone bottles and syringes. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Congress will leave in place a ban on genetically modified human embryos, despite a push to overturn it, Stat News reports.

Where it stands: Since 2015, Congress has effectively banned a procedure that combines genetic material from a mother, father and female donor.

  • Advocates for the procedure say it helps women who carry genetic diseases have healthy, disease-free children that are biologically related to them, and there's been a push to overturn the ban.

The other side: Advocates for the ban say it prevents genetically altered "CRISPR babies."

  • They won this round, as a House committee voted yesterday to keep the status quo intact.

Go deeper: A renewed push for 3-parent IVF in the U.S.

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Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.

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