Million-dollar Kavli prize recognizes scientist scooped on CRISPR

Million-dollar Kavli prize recognizes scientist scooped on CRISPR

Million-dollar Kavli prize recognizes scientist scooped on CRISPR, Published online: 31 May 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05308-5

Award goes to biochemists Virginijus Siksnys, whose lab independently developed the gene-editing tool, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna.
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'This is taking an awfully long time!', says scientist before assisted suicide

'This is taking an awfully long time!', says scientist before assisted suicideBy Marina Depetris BASEL (Reuters) – A 104-year-old Australian scientist killed himself in Switzerland on Thursday by lethal injection in an assisted suicide he hoped would trigger more lenient euthanasia laws in his home country. British-born David Goodall, who was not terminally ill, personally triggered a lethal dose of a barbiturate and died at 1030 GMT in a clinic near Basel, the assisted suicide group Exit International said. Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia for work as a botanist that included publications on arid shrublands, said he had unsuccessfully tried to kill himself in Australia after his faculties including his hearing deteriorated.


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'This is taking an awfully long time!', says scientist before assisted suicide

  1. ‘This is taking an awfully long time!’, says scientist before assisted suicide  Reuters
  2. ‘I Look Forward’ To Ending My Life, Assisted Suicide Backer Says Before Dying  NPR
  3. Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland  ABC News
  4. David Goodall, 104, Who Fought to Die on His Terms, Ends His Life  New York Times
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104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his life

104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his lifeAustralia’s oldest scientist has died after flying to Switzerland to end his life by assisted suicide. Despite not having a terminal illness, David Goodall, who was 104, believed his quality of life had deteriorated and he secured a fast-track appointment with an assisted dying agency in Basel, reigniting the end-of-life debate.  An assisted suicide group confirmed this afternoon the scientist had passed away and doctors told MailOnline his last words were: “This is taking an awful long time.” Prof Goodall’s family were at his bedside when he flicked a switch to send the lethal injection coursing round his body.  Beethoven’s Ode to Joy played as his relatives wept and the world-renowned ecologist closed his eyes and died within two minutes.   Prof Goodall with Carol O’Neill of Exit International, which advocates for voluntary euthanasia Credit: Exit International/GoFundMe The 104-year-old was meant to turn a wheel to release the Nembutal, but when he couldn’t do it, doctors replaced it with a switch.  This meant he had to be asked mandatory questions for a second time, including his name, his date of birth, why he was at the clinic and what he understood would happen to him, to which he replied: “‘I hope my heart stops,” according to MailOnline.  Talking to ABC on his 104th birthday in April, the ecologist said: “I greatly regret having reached that age. “I’m not happy. I want to die. It’s not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented. “My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide.” Prof Goodall made headlines in 2016 when his university tried to force him from his role on the grounds that, at the age of 102, he was no longer fit to be on campus. Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice last year. But that legislation, which takes effect from June 2019, only applies to terminally ill patients of sound mind and a life expectancy of less than six months. At the age of 104, David Goodall said he was ready to die despite not having a terminal illness Credit: Exit International/AFP Other states in Australia have debated euthanasia in the past, but the proposals have always been defeated, mostly recently in New South Wales state last year. Exit International, which helped Mr Goodall make the trip, said a the beginning of the month it was unjust that one of Australia’s “oldest and most prominent citizens should be forced to travel to the other side of the world to die with dignity”. Assisted Dying  “A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it. And a person should not be forced to leave home to achieve it,” it said on its website. The group then launched a GoFundMe campaign to get plane tickets for Goodall and his helper upgraded to business class from economy. Prof Goodall, an honorary research associate at Perth’s Edith Cowan University, fought attempts to banish him from the campus two years ago. After an uproar and support from scientists globally, the decision was reversed. He produced dozens of research papers and until recently continued to review and edit for different ecology journals.


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David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland

  1. David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland  BBC News
  2. Australian scientist David Goodall ends his life at Swiss clinic  9news.com.au
  3. Australian scientist’s final words in Switzerland  swissinfo.ch
  4. David Goodall: 104-year-old scientist to end own life in Switzerland  The Guardian
  5. David Goodall, 104, Australian Advocate for Assisted Dying, Ends His Life in Switzerland  New York Times
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104-year-old scientist David Goodall ends life listening to 'Ode to Joy'

  1. 104-year-old scientist David Goodall ends life listening to ‘Ode to Joy’  CNN
  2. 104-year-old belts out Beethoven before assisted suicide  CBS News
  3. David Goodall: Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland  BBC News
  4. David Goodall: 104-year-old scientist to end own life in Switzerland  The Guardian
  5. ‘I am happy to have the chance to end my life’: David Goodall  The Local Switzerland
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Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'(This May 9 story was refiled to eliminate superfluous word from first quote) ZURICH (Reuters) – A 104-year-old Australian scientist traveled to Switzerland to end his life, telling a news conference on Wednesday the nation’s liberal assisted suicide laws let him commit suicide legally, in contrast to his home where it remains forbidden. Ecologist David Goodall, who is not terminally ill, said he was ready for the end. “One should be free to choose death, when death is at an appropriate time,” said Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia who wore a pullover emblazoned with the words “Aging Disgracefully.” “My abilities have been in decline over the past year or two, my eyesight over the past six years.


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Why David Goodall, 104, Renowned Australian Scientist, Wants to Die

  1. Why David Goodall, 104, Renowned Australian Scientist, Wants to Die  New York Times
  2. This 104-year-old Australian academic wants to die — and Switzerland is ready to help  Washington Post
  3. 104-Year-Old Scientist Travels to Switzerland to Die After Crowdfunding Campaign  Newsweek
  4. Perth News on Weather, Perth Scorchers and Perth Glory FC | Daily Mail Online  Daily Mail
  5. Academic David Goodall turns 104 and his birthday wish is to die in peace  ABC Online
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Scientist in Facebook data scandal says being scapegoated

Scientist in Facebook data scandal says being scapegoatedThe academic behind the app that allowed consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of some 87 million Facebook users said Monday he was being scapegoated while the social network was being “mined left and right by thousands” of companies. Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, told a British parliamentary committee that criticism of his work by Facebook showed the US social media giant was in “PR crisis mode”. “I don’t believe they actually think these things because I think they realise that their platform has been mined left and right by thousands of others,” said the Russian-American scientist, who is now banned from Facebook.


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