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First Transplant of a Genetically Altered Pig Heart Into a Person Sparks Ethics Questions

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A medical team at the University of Maryland Medical Center announced Monday that it had accomplished a world-first; its surgeons had transplanted a heart from a genetically engineered pig into a human patient. The doctors performed the eight-hour procedure Friday evening. As of Monday night, the man, 57-year-old David Bennett, is awake and breathing on his own, and his new organ is pumping away, according to his doctors.

Bennett had terminal heart failure and was too sick to qualify for a human heart transplant or a mechanical assist device, the lead surgeon said. The pig heart, from an animal created by a Virginia biotech company, was the only option to try to prolong his life. “It was either die or do this transplant,” Bennett said in a hospital news release. “I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice.”

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Burkina Faso Imposes Country-wide Curfew After Earlier Unrest

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OUAGADOUGOU, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — A country-wide curfew was imposed on Sunday in Burkina Faso from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., following the report of gunfire in some barracks in the morning, according to a decree signed by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

Another statement from the minister of national education announced the closure of schools on Monday and Tuesday.

Gunshots were heard early Sunday morn

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Burkina Soldiers Mutiny Over Anti-Jihadist Strategy

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OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO – Soldiers in Burkina Faso staged mutinies at several barracks to demand the sacking of the country’s military top brass and allocation of more resources to a seven-year battle against Islamist insurgents.

The authorities declared an overnight curfew from 8:00 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) ‘until further notice’ and the education ministry said schools would be closed Monday and Tuesday acro

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Georgia Tech Gets Chance to Regroup Vs. Clayton State

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After a grueling stretch of Atlantic Coast Conference play, Georgia Tech will have some different opposition with Clayton State traveling to Atlanta in a rare matchup between Division I and Division II schools during the regular season.

Georgia Tech (7-10, 1-6) is dead last in the ACC and coming off another home loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday. Michael Devoe scored 22 points, but Georgia Tech turned the ball over 15 tim

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