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- that the United States is pulling out of the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia in hopes of building the world's
first shield against nuclear missile attacks. ``I have concluded the ABM
treaty hinders our government's ability to develop ways to protect our
people from future terrorist or rogue state missile attacks,'' President
George Bush said. Past supporters of the treaty, such as former Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger, support Bush in his view the world has changed
over the past three decades.
- that Britain relaxed rules on embryo screening Thursday
to let couples at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders select
embryos so as to ensure that they have a healthy baby. HFEA chairman Ruth
Deech emphasized that the decision would not allow parents to have
``designer babies'' of a specified sex, or eye or hair colour. ``Saving
life, yes; selection of desirable characteristics, no,'' Deech said.
- that Israeli scientists say they have built a DNA
computer so tiny that a trillion of them can fit in a test tube and perform
a billion operations per second with 99.8 percent accuracy. While such a
computer has been theoretically possible for some time, the scientists said
this was the first programmable autonomous computing machine in which the
input, output, software and hardware were all made of DNA molecules.
- that the battered Argentine government is clinging to the
hope of receiving new IMF cash, one of the few barriers between the South
American nation and bankruptcy. But Argentina may be forced to devalue its
peso or officially adopt the U.S. dollar as its currency before the IMF
opens its wallet to them. The government only avoided a run on the banks
last week by introducing strict capital controls, including a ban on
withdrawals of more than $250 a week for the next 3 months. Bank customers,
fearing their savings could be frozen, withdrew $1.3 billion from banks in
24 hours a fortnight ago.
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