Bill proposes recognising Down syndrome as a specific minority group
A new bill to recognise people with Down syndrome as a specific minority group has been proposed by former Conservative cabinet member Dr Liam Fox. The condition, caused by an extra chromosome, brings many challenges usually including a degree of learning difficulties. Actor Tommy Jessop, who played Terry Boyle in the “Line of Duty” series speaks to Today’s Martha Kearney about the proposals. Also speaking to the programme is Ken Ross, who is a trustee of Down Syndrome Policy Group.
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Could AI send human history in a dangerous direction?
In his new book with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt discusses the dangerous direction artificial intelligence could take human history in. The former chairman of Google talks to Today’s Nick Robinson about the concerns he has.
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At least 27 people die in the Channel trying to get to the UK
At least 27 people have drowned in the English Channel near Calais after their boat sank. The International Organization for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014. Among them were five women and a child. Despite worsening weather, the crossings have continued this morning. Two boats have been brought to Dover carrying around 40 people.
Today’s Martha Kearney speaks to French MP Bruno Bonnell and UK Immigration Minister Kevin Foster about how the two countries will step up efforts to prevent crossings.
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Progesterone recommended to prevent early miscarriages
There's fresh hope for women who experience a number of miscarriages early on in their pregnancy. The health watchdog NICE is recommending the use of the hormone progesterone which helps strengthen the lining of the womb. It's estimated that one in four pregnancies are lost - mostly in the first three months.
The advice is based on research done in the PRISM trial. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to one of the women who took part in the trial, Faye Smith. Also speaking on the programme is Professor Gillian Leng who’s the Chief Executive of NICE.
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AstraZeneca Boss: Jab limited UK Covid hospitalisations
The biggest science lab in the UK, which is also the biggest investment AstraZeneca has ever made, had its formal opening in Cambridge on Tuesday.
Today's Justin Webb went to Cambridge to speak to Pascal Soriot, the boss of AstraZeneca, about his hopes for the £1bn research facility and the key role the AZ vaccine has had in reducing serious illness and death from Covid-19.
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