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COLUMBIA- New DNA evidence led to renewed worldwide protests including a candlelight vigil coordinated by MU’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

HALO began planning the candlelight vigil two weeks ago.  According to HALO’s president, Andrew Abarca, the goals were to honor the identity of the 43 missing students, raise awareness of the injustice, and to make a change.  People who came together for the vigil held candles or posters.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the nation’s farmers will deliver a record 3.42 billion bushels of soybeans this year. The USDA is also forecasting that this year for the first time Brazil will overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of soybeans. That means the pressure is on American soybean farmers like Brian Flatt, 41, to eke out even more soybeans from his fields.

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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA — holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

On cancer

Jul 19, 2012
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On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

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Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to continue a fee for collecting DNA samples from criminals.