Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) will challenge the results of Tuesday's election, in which he lost to challenger Andy Beshear (D) by 0.36% or slightly more than 5,000 votes. Bevin's campaign officially requested a recanvass, one of three options available including a vote-by-vote recount and an outright election contest (used for causes of fraud). The process, in which counties recheck and report their machines' numbers, buys Bevin time - his campaign said they were also compiling instances of unspecified irregularities. Bevin came up short despite a last-minute campaign rally by President Trump, who won the state by 30 points in 2016. However, experts warn against extrapolating the result to the national stage - Bevin had become deeply unpopular, partly due to a high-profile clash with the state's teachers union, and Kentucky Republicans still enjoy a supermajority in the state Legislature and flipped the attorney general and secretary of state offices.
CRISPR Inches Toward Cancer
Researchers expressed cautious optimism yesterday after trials using CRISPR to fight cancer showed minimal side effects in the first human trials. In the tests, the gene-editing technique (see 101) was used to modify immune cells in three patients: two with blood cancer and one with sarcoma. To accomplish the feat, scientists removed T cells from each patient, deleting three genes that hinder their ability to recognize and attack cancer cells and added a fourth to make them more effective. After reinjection, the engineered cells survived and multiplied - a key step toward growing into a super-charged "army" of T cells throughout the body. While it is too soon to know if the treatment improves chances of survival, no adverse health effects were observed, a major advance for the field.
Impeachment Probe Goes Public
The House Intelligence Committee announced yesterday it would begin public hearings related to the ongoing impeachment inquiry starting next week. The initial lineup of witnesses includes the top US diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor (scheduled for Nov. 13), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent (Nov. 13), and the former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch (Nov. 15). Meanwhile, House Republicans are considering reassigning Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4), a dogged critic of the probe, to the Intelligence Committee to strengthen the questioning of witnesses. Unlike usual hearings where each committee member gets five minutes for questioning, Democrats and Republicans will designate legal staff to lead up to 45 minutes of questions for each side, per witness. Also yesterday, the committee released a transcript from Taylor's closed-door hearing from last month.
Editor's Note: Yesterday we incorrectly referred to the victims of the mass murder in Mexico as members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. In fact, they were members of an offshoot branch and not formally affiliated with the LDS. Thanks to our readers for the correction.
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