Some baked goods from Enjoy Life brand recalled because they could contain plastic pieces

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Some baked goods from Enjoy Life brand recalled because they could contain plastic pieces

Six kinds of Enjoy Life bakery products are being recalled across Canada and the U.S. because pieces of hard plastic may have contaminated the items.  “The recalled products have been sold nationally and online,” said a recall warning from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued Saturday. “This recall was triggered by a recall in another country,” the warning added. “There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products.” The products are as follows:  Enjoy LifeSoft Baked Cookies – Snickerdoodle, 170 grams, UPC 8 53522 00018 4, best by 23/MR/10. Enjoy LifeSoft Baked Cookies – Chocolate Chip, 170 grams, UPC 8 53522 00019 1, best by 23/MR/05 and 23/MR/12. Enjoy LifeSoft Baked Cookies – Double Chocolate Brownie, 170 grams, UPC 8 53522 00021 4, best by 23/MR/06. Enjoy LifeChewy Bars – Chocolate Chip and Caramel, 165 grams, UPC 8 19597 01133 3, best by 23/MR/03. Enjoy LifeBreakfast Ovals – Chocolate Chip and Banana, 250 grams, UPC 8 19597 01270 5, best by 23/JA/18 and 23/JA/19. Enjoy LifeBreakfast Ovals – Berry Medley, 250 grams, UPC 8 19597 01271 2, best by 23/FE/10 and 23/MR/10. “Do not consume, use, sell, serve, or distribute recalled products,” said the CFIA warning, posted on the Healthy Canadians website. “Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.” The agency said a food safety investigation is underway, and other products may also need to be recalled.  Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC, is headquartered in Chicago. A June 30 notice on its website said the company was voluntarily recalling

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New method boosts the study of regulation of gene activity

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Researchers report the development of a chemical-based sequencing method to quantify different epigenetic markers simultaneously. Their method, called NT-seq, short for nitrite treatment followed by next-generation sequencing, is a sequencing method for detecting multiple types of DNA methylation genome-wide.

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‘Soft’ CRISPR may offer a new fix for genetic defects

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Scientists have developed a new CRISPR-based technology that could offer a safer approach to correcting genetic defects. The new ‘soft’ CRISPR approach makes use of natural DNA repair machinery, providing a foundation for novel gene therapy strategies with the potential to cure a large spectrum of genetic diseases.

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COVID-19 cases up in Britian by more than 30 per cent in last week, data shows

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COVID-19 cases up in Britian by more than 30 per cent in last week, data shows

The number of new coronavirus cases across Britain has surged by more than 30 per cent in the last week, new data showed Friday, with cases likely driven by Omicron subvariants. Data released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics showed that more than three million people in the U.K. had COVID-19 last week, although there has not been an equivalent spike in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 deaths also fell slightly in the last week. “COVID-19 has not gone away,” said Dr. Mary Ramsay, of the Health Security Agency. “It is also sensible to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces,” she said. Britain dropped nearly all its coronavirus measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing, months ago and masks are rarely seen on public transport. The latest jump in coronavirus cases comes after an earlier increase of about 40 per cent last month, following the large street parties, concerts and festivities held as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. British officials said the latest wave of COVID-19 infections was likely caused by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Omicron has tended to cause a milder disease than previous variants like Alpha or Delta, but scientists warn its ability to evade the immune system means that people may be more susceptible to being reinfected, including after vaccination. Despite widespread immunization across Britain, the protection from vaccines is likely fading and Omicron and its subvariants have evolved to become more infectious. Britain’s Health Security Agency said they were seeing more outbreaks in care homes for older people and a rise

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COVID-19 cases up in Britain by more than 30 per cent in last week, data shows

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COVID-19 cases up in Britain by more than 30 per cent in last week, data shows

The number of new coronavirus cases across Britain has surged by more than 30 per cent in the last week, new data showed Friday, with cases likely driven by Omicron subvariants. Data released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics showed that more than three million people in the U.K. had COVID-19 last week, although there has not been an equivalent spike in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 deaths also fell slightly in the last week. “COVID-19 has not gone away,” said Dr. Mary Ramsay, of the Health Security Agency. “It is also sensible to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces,” she said. Britain dropped nearly all its coronavirus measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing, months ago and masks are rarely seen on public transport. The latest jump in coronavirus cases comes after an earlier increase of about 40 per cent last month, following the large street parties, concerts and festivities held as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. British officials said the latest wave of COVID-19 infections was likely caused by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Omicron has tended to cause a milder disease than previous variants like Alpha or Delta, but scientists warn its ability to evade the immune system means that people may be more susceptible to being reinfected, including after vaccination. Despite widespread immunization across Britain, the protection from vaccines is likely fading and Omicron and its subvariants have evolved to become more infectious. Britain’s Health Security Agency said they were seeing more outbreaks in care homes for older people and a rise

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Plug-and-play test for keeping track of immunity to Sars-CoV-2 variants

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Many antibody tests have been developed since the pandemic started, but very few are designed to specifically detect the Sars-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies which prevent infection. Based on protein complementation, the modular method described here is the first of its kind to measure neutralizing antibodies against variants, from a drop of blood, in under one hour and at low cost.

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Dogs can face anxiety at home as their owners return to the world

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Dogs can face anxiety at home as their owners return to the world

Cooper is a happy go-lucky goldendoodle — until he’s left at home alone. Jennifer Wright adopted him as a puppy just a few months into the pandemic and the pair quickly became inseparable. “I didn’t have anywhere to go, really. We’re talking about the height of the pandemic — no work, no dinner with friends,” said Wright, who lives in a small condo in downtown Toronto. Now that Wright is going out more, she is taking steps to alleviate her dog’s anxiety with the help of a trainer. She puts CBD oil on Cooper’s food to keep him calm and sets up a doggy cam. “Even for me to go grocery shopping, he’d start to howl and bark and it’d escalate from there. I got a noise complaint once when I left him for 30 or 45 minutes,” Wright said. Animal experts say pandemic pet anxiety is a real phenomenon. Many animals adopted in the past two years — and which served as sources of comfort during the pandemic — are now struggling as the world opens up. Cooper, who was adopted during the pandemic, isn’t used to being left alone in the downtown Toronto condominium where he lives with owner Jennifer Wright. (Submitted by Jennifer Wright) Andrea Dinan, a dog trainer based in Toronto, used to get just a handful of calls each month from dog owners struggling to leave their pets. Now, she said, she’s busier than ever. “Now people are going back and I get between five and six calls a week, people who are either worried about it or who have

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