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Sticky Fingers: The U.S. government is seeking the extradition of a Chinese scientist accused of stealing $550 million worth of trade secrets from the drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline. According to Reuters, “Gongda Xue received stolen GSK secrets from his sister, performed tests at Miescher’s facilities and sent results to accomplices in China. The stolen information, prosecutors allege, involved antibodies that bind to tumour cells and kill them.” https://reut.rs/2JuOY2C

Here one second…: Obesity drugs are slim pickings. Even more so now that the Johnson & Johnson and Hanmi Pharmaceutical drug, HM12525A, failed to meet its milestones in Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials. J&J returned the rights to Hanmi, who lost out on $810 millions of dollars worth of milestones. Hanmi’s partnership with Eli Lily met a similar fate. http://bit.ly/2XwWuUt

Plant a tree, save the world: Everyone should plant a tree to save the world from climate change. At least that’s the sentiment behind a new report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to the panel, “adding 1 billion hectares of forests to help limit global warming to 1.5° C by 2050.” That’s a significant difference. http://bit.ly/2XBOL7J

That’s hot: Scientific American has published its 2019 list of Emerging Technologies that includes bioplastics, social robots, smart fertilizers, and DNA data storage. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Okay, we’re exaggerating a bit but you get the picture. http://bit.ly/2XwWB2l

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