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Scientists think they are a step closer to preventing inherited
diseases being passed on in families.
They've found a way to edit genes, removing the faulty DNA
A method of being able to avoid having an effect on children,
passing on the defective gene, could be really very important
for those families and allow them to get out of this.
"Tampered with" - the company providing the technology
for Venezeula's controversial election for a new assembly says
Worth a quarter of a billion dollars - if Neymar moves
to Paris Saint-Germain it would be the world's biggest
And the end of an era - Prince Philip carries out his last
scheduled public engagement and retires at the age of 96.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
For the first time scientists have successfully repaired a faulty
They used a process known as "gene editing" to correct DNA that causes
The US and South Korean team allowed the embryos to develop for five days
The technique is still at the early research stage but it raises
the hope of preventing 10,000 gene disorders which pass
Our medical correspondent Fergus Walsh reports.
The goal could not be more ambitious, to eradicate
These scientists have taken an impressive first
step on a long road, editing DNA in human embryos.
Inside the nucleus of each of our cells is our genome,
It is the instruction manual for life.
The scientists were targeting a faulty gene that causes
They fertilise the egg with the sperm of it a man who carried the
faulty gene. They then injected the gene editing
system, which scans the DNA It then cuts both strands
of the DNA, and removes the faulty gene, a healthy copy of the gene
from the egg is then Here are some of the embryos
from the study in the journal Nature after being edited,
42 of 58 embryos were corrected. They were allowed to develop
for five days, none was implanted. The research has been welcomed
by a team in London, who have a license
to edit human embryos. They say the technology
could eventually help many families. There are some nasty genetic
diseases like Huntingdon's, or a disease that affects heart
function later in life, which can blight families
for many generations. So a method of being able to avoid
having affected children, passing on the defective gene,
can be really very important Nicole Mowbray has the same
heart condition that was She now has a defibrillator
implanted in her chest, She has a 50% risk of passing
on the condition, but is unsure of whether she would
consider gene editing. I wouldn't want to pass on something
that caused my child to have a limited life or a painful
life, or a life of risk. That does, obviously,
come to the front of my mind I wouldn't want to create
the perfect child, in inverted commas, I feel like my condition
makes me me. Previous attempts at editing human
embryos in China led There is a lot of work needed before
this can be considered safe, and it raises ethical issues
about how far science should go In a deal that could be worth more
than a quarter of a billion - yes, billion - dollars,
the Brazilian football player Neymar appears to be a step closer
to leaving Barcelona and signing That figure is more than twice
the current world record transfer Our correpsondent Richard
Conway is in Paris. Fans visiting the club shop
here in the centre of Paris are getting excited because the deal
for Neymar is inching We have seen in the past few days
the player going from Shanghai where he was on commercial duties
and flying back to Barcelona. He has been excused from training
and now Barcelona are saying, pay us the money and Paris St Germain,
you can have the player. We will see how it plays out
in the coming hours and days. There is now an increasing
certainty that Neymar will be a Paris Saint-Germain player this
coming season and the indications for that are huge, of course
for Barcelona, who will be without one of their leading players
and for PSG who desperately want to bridge the gap
from being Champions League wannabes to winners and also for Uefa,
given Financial Fair Play, clubs have a requirement
to live within their means. The size of this deal and the money
involved in this potential transfer is such that many clubs
and individuals at the highest levels of football are looking at it
and wondering if PSG can live For now the fans here just
want to know one thing, With me is the football
journalist Tim Vickery. I read your article or later. Is
this a negotiating ploy or does look like a deal? It looks like it is
going to happen. The speculation and negotiation comes as no surprise
whatsoever. I am still a little surprised that it looks like it is
Neymar's decision. He wants to go. I just hope it is his decision and
what he wants to do. Not what his entourage would prefer. It is not
quite as simple as signing Neymar, is it? He has a complicated
structure around him. Including his father. You always worries about
that because it condemns the footballer to a permanent
childishness, if you like. But his career has always been managed by
his father on a step-by-step basis. Amongst the final objectives is
winning the Fever world Player of the Year award. That is taken with
great importance in Brazil. Five Brazilians won on it different
occasions. Neymar will be seen by himself and many of his compatriots
as something of a disappointment that he does not win that a word. He
is unlikely to win it if he is not outstanding player in his own team.
And also if he does not have a team around him. People from his camp are
saying he has been seduced by this project of Paris Saint-Germain. And
it will be the World Cup sin, where he plays at 26 years old, closest to
his peak, and perhaps during the French lead they will be able to
coast a little more leaving him with enough gas in the tank for the World
Cup next year. And still able to walk away from the experience of
playing up front with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The people in his
entourage with the strategy do not have the joy he has, like a
collective childhood they have on a weekly basis with his players, there
is no animosity between them, they look like one force, and it is sad
in one way that he is turning his back on that and you just hope it
really is what he wants to do. And you can find that article on the BBC
sport website. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
plans to swear in a new assembly It follows a controversial election
in the country on Sunday, where the turn-out figure
was manipulated - that's according to the technology company
which provided the voting system. Antonio Mugica, the boss
of Smartmatic, said his firm estimated the difference
between actual participation and the one announced
by the authorities was at least It is therefore with the deepest
regret that we have to report that the turnout numbers on Sunday
30th of July for the constituent assembly in Venezuela
were tampered with. The automated election system used
in the Venezuela is tamper-evident and self-reports any attempts
to interfere with it. Our correspondent Will Grant
is in Caracas for us now. Has the government responded? Yes,
they are currently issuing the credentials for the new deputies in
quite a ceremony outside the building of the National electoral
Council and every high-profile new deputy, including Nicholas Monroe's
wife -- Maduro's wife. There does not seem to be any recognition of
the comment about the tampered votes from them. Reuters started the day
saying they had seen an internal memo from the Venezuelan electoral
authorities that suggested by half past five on the day of voting only
3.7 million people had voted, and the polls were due to close a couple
of hours later, and the government said 8 million people voted, so how
something around 4.3 or 4.4 million people voted in just a couple of
hours is beyond most people's imagination in Venezuela. It strikes
me that almost everything in Venezuelan society has become
politicised. Can we say that this firm making these claims is neutral?
That is a very good question. The thing is, I think, that is
interesting and important here is that the government have heralded
that from themselves as the reason the elections are free and fair.
They have done the elections and run the voting machines here since 2004,
so the idea that they suddenly wouldn't they, and they are all very
well respected company, used around the world for elections everywhere
from the Philippines to parts of Latin America, so you're right,
everything in Venezuela is politicised and no doubt this will
be too but the Maduro government has always pointed to this company and
their machines as the reason why results are believable.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
A man and a child have been killed after a small aircraft made
an emergency landing on a beach in Portugal.
Local media reports say the incident took place on a beach
at Caparica in Almada, south west of Lisbon.
Reports said the pair were sunbathing when the plane
A local newspaper said members of the plane's crew were unharmed
and were being interviewed by authorities.
The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has stressed
that his country is not seeking to topple the North Korean
government and it wants dialogue with Pyongyang.
Mr Tillerson said, "We are not your enemy",
but warned Pyongyang that its ballistic missile
tests were presenting an "unacceptable threat" to the US,
and Washington would have to respond.
The boss of Apple has said his company had no choice
but to stop providing apps in China that allow users to circumvent
the country's tough internet censorship.
Tim Cook said the technology firm would rather not have stopped
offering virtual private network, or VPN apps, but had
Amazon has also confirmed that customers using its cloud
computing services cannot now use unauthorised VPNs.
And we just want to show you one marine researcher's close encounter
Definitely not safe to go back in the water.
Well, luckily it was only a marine researcher's camera the shark
Greg Skomal was diving off the coast of Massachusetts in the US.
Both he and his camera remained intact.
Scientists have used a process called gene editing to correct DNA
that causes a deadly heart condition. Fergus Walsh had the
story and I played his report earlier. How easily do the
techniques translate more broadly to genetic issues? This particular form
of gene editing, it was only discovered five years ago and it is
incredibly cheap and easy and efficient so it has been adopted by
medical researchers, animal and plant researchers, because you can
edit the DNA of any living object using this technique. The sky is the
limit regarding how it can be used. In terms of 10,000 inherited gene
disorders there is enormous potential. But we are really at the
foothills of a giant mountain that needs to be claimed in terms of
safety, efficiency. Some Chinese researchers had a previous call at
this. Embryos they used were not very good quality, they were not
clinical grade, and they had all sorts of errors and the one thing
you do not want to do is to do this in the clinic with couples wanting
to have a healthy child, a risk of passing on a fatal heart disorder,
and then find you have created another problem. So it is a long way
before we will see this in the clinic. Who decides the ethics of
this? Individual countries. There was a conference in Washington 18
months ago that I attended and it called for research to continue but
a moratorium on using human embryo gene editing in the clinic. There
are observers who are unhappy that this team from the US and South
Korea have done this work. They said maybe they should be sticking to
check in on mouse embryos -- chicken or mouse embryos. One country
regarded internationally and sending good signals in terms of keeping an
eye on what is happening is the UK. A team in London has also been given
permission to do gene editing in human embryos and that has gone
through the regulator here and they will be publishing their research at
some point. They are also doing chicken and mouse embryos. The
concern is that when something is possible, and it really is very
easy, I have seen people do this gene editing in their garage in
California when I was doing a documentary on it. When something is
possible people will just do it. But then we had the same fears about
human cloning many years ago as well. If you want more information
on this story you can get it on the BBC news at.
Thousands of Syrian refugees and fighters are being
evacuated from camps on the Lebanese border today.
The operation is part of a ceasefire deal struck
between fighters belonging to the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah
Over 100 buses will transport Syrian civillians, and also jihadi
fighters, back into Syria and our Correspondent Carine Torbey
is on the Lebanese border with the latest.
This is the road that around 150 buses carrying thousands
of civilians and hundreds of fighters from Jabhat Fateh
al-Sham, the previously known al-Nusra Front,
will be taking out of here, the outskirts of Arsal,
on the border between Lebanon and Syria, into Syria.
The convoy of buses will be accompanied by fighters
from Hezbollah who drove the militants out of these
mountains just two weeks ago in a six-day battle.
The journey between here and Syria is expected to be a long
and exhausting one and once the buses arrive to the opposition
held area of Idlib, five Hezbollah fighters who were held hostage
The completion of this whole operation will mark the end
of the presence of militants from what was previously known
as al-Nusra Front in Lebanon and is expected to further secure
Poland is refusing to comply with a European Court order to stop
logging in Europe's last remaining tract of primeval forrest.
The government argues it's necessary to control a beetle outbreak.
If the dispute remains unresolved, it could lead to hefty financial
penalties and further strain the already tense relationship
A relic of ancient woodlands and home to one of the world's
largest population of European bison.
Covering almost 150,000 hectares on the border of Poland and Belarus,
the Unesco-listed Bialowieza forest is also the focus of a legal
tussle over logging that has gone all the way
It has issued a preliminary decision ordering the immediate
suspension of all logging, but Poland is refusing
to comply with the order, arguing it is trying to contain
TRANSLATION: We have to fulfil the protective measures planned
for the forest and this is what we are doing.
The Polish government says authorities are conducting
an experiment, which could last several years, to work out the best
By then, though, conservationists warn the logging will have
The dispute has led to scuffles on the ground.
A cameraman was allegedly assaulted by a timber worker while trying
to film logging operations after the court order
The legal stand-off is just the latest challenge by Poland
to the European Union's authority and could lead to a 4 million euros
fine along with daily penalties if it continues unresolved.
After 65 years of official public engagements, Britain's Prince Philip
has made his final solo appearance on royal duty today.
He attended a parade by the Royal Marines,
Now 96, he's the longest serving consort in British history.
Our Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell is at
It was the kind of afternoon weather-wise which might have made
Quite apart from the fact that in the Duke's case he's been doing
But there he was, on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, a man of 96,
standing to attention in the pouring rain for the salute he has
There were many things to remind him of the past decade.
The parade had been mounted by the Royal Marines,
the fighting force which is part of his beloved Royal Navy.
And in the background was the Palace where he has
attended so many events, garden parties and the formal
And where his programme, 22,000 solo engagements,
more than 5,000 speeches, has been planned.
The Duke strode across the forecourt, no stick for him
and woe betide anyone who might suggest such a thing.
And as he went, the crowd outside the Palace applauded.
The Royal Marines gave him three cheers.
The Duke waved his hat and strode away.
And as he went the band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines
After 70 years' service, and with his own separate programme
of royal engagements now concluded, who today would have
Nicholas Witchell, BBC News, Buckingham Palace.
President Donald Trump has called the Russia sanctions legislation
he just signed into law, quote, "significantly flawed".
The new legislation is in response to alleged Russian interfering
in the US election and limits Mr Trump's ability
to negotiate sanctions without Congressional approval.
For more, I'm joined by our correspondent
If he doesn't like it, why did he sign it? He was in a corner.
Congress went through with the legislation, unanimously approved by
Republicans and Democrats, and the way that American democracy works as
it landed on his desk. It sat there all weekend, he said he would sign
it and he has but he has issued a flurry of responses as the number of
reasons why he does not like it. One of those is that it will limit his
ability to lift or waive sanctions against Russia or any other country
in future but it also places limits on the amount of money that
Americans can invest in, for instance, Russian energy projects.
He believes some of these regulations will limit the ability
for American firms to do business in Russia. That is one reason why he
says he is finding this significantly flawed. But he does
feel that Congress is stepping on his toes, overreaching itself,
another reason why he says this is unconstitutional. Has Congress
restricted presidents in a similar way in the past? They have done in
the past but this is quite an unusual move by Congress and by
signing it Donald Trump is effectively making it law which
means he has to abide by it. He did try to work with Congress to try to
change the language of the bill but here we are, he has been boxed into
a corner, and Russia already retaliated over the weekend by
saying they would expel half of the diplomatic staff, US diplomatic
staff working in Russia. His hope of a new reset with Russia is in
tatters at the moment. Our top story, for the first time
scientists have prepared a faulty gene in human embryos using a
process known as gene editing to correct DNA against a deadly heart
Today was a pretty miserable day for large parts of the United Kingdom
and it remains pretty unsettled over the next few