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Everybody freaked out last year after a Chinese scientist claimed that a pair of twins had been born from embryos he genetically modified. And now, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly writes, the calls for a moratorium on that kind of gene editing are getting louder.
Why it matters: Scientists had already been wrestling for years over the ethics of of using gene-editing tools to save a child from pain and suffering, without crossing the line into so-called "designer babies."
Driving the news: National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins and top science and ethics experts in the U.S. and 6 other countries yesterday called for a 5-year moratorium on editing the type of genes that are passed on to future generations.
What they're saying: "Certainly, the framework we are calling for will place major speed bumps in front of the most adventurous plans to re-engineer the human species. But the risks of the alternative — which include harming patients and eroding public trust — are much worse," scientific and ethics experts wrote in Nature.
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After what seemed like a million incremental announcements, the Food and Drug Administration formally released its proposal yesterday to restrict the sale of flavored vape products, in the hopes of curbing their popularity among teens.
The big picture is pretty much what we expected: Physical stores must either keep out everyone younger than 18 or keep their e-cigarette supplies in a separate room inaccessible to underage customers. Online retailers must use age-verification tools.
Who's mad: Convenience stores are mad.
How it works: The FDA doesn't have direct regulatory authority over convenience stores. Instead, the agency told e-cigarette makers that it could pull their products from the market unless they're sold under these new conditions.
What's next: The public will have 30 days to comment on the draft the FDA released today before it's finalized.
My colleague Bob Herman has been busy digging through newly filed proxy documents for large health care corporations, which provide a glimpse into how much top executives made in 2018.
Between the lines: CEO pay in this analysis is based on actual realized gains of stock. Bob compared those numbers, as well as the average median employee compensation, to 2017's results. Here's how it stacks up:
Johnson & Johnson
Purdue Pharma is getting a fast-track review from the Food and Drug Administration for a new product to treat opioid overdoses.
The intrigue: Purdue is under fire on multiple fronts for its role in the opioid crisis, namely the sales and aggressive marketing of OxyContin.
Details: Purdue says its drug would last longer than naloxone, which is currently the leading emergency treatment for overdoses. Its version is an injection; naloxone is available as both an injection and a nasal spray.
Another prominent opioid manufacturer — Insys Therapeutics — may be nearing the end of its financial rope, Reuters reports.
Driving the news: Insys said in a financial filing yesterday that "its auditor raised doubts on the drugmaker's ability to continue as a going concern," per Reuters.