Business, GNC, Retail

GNC temporarily closes up shop in more than 4,000 locations across the US..

Nutrition supplement retailer GNC (GNC: NYSE) has reportedly closed down more than 4,000 stores across the US temporarily as it unveils its new pricing strategy.

If this seems like awkward timing to you…well, your right. The post-Christmas stretch is among the busiest times of the year for retailers, as shoppers exchange gifts and use gift cards they’ve received over the holidays. CNBC has the full story.

Biology, Gene Drive, Natural Selection, Science

UN gives go-ahead to play around with Natural Selection..

Ever worry that scientists might one day take things too far? Well, that day may have come.

Scientists are currently doing research on a new technology known as “the gene drive“, which allows the use of genetic engineering to override natural selection. Scary stuff? You’re not the only one that thinks so.

Last week at the UN Convention on Biodiversity, several conservation groups called for a global moratorium on gene drives. And while some countries supported the moratorium, the UN’s final agreement ultimately rejected it. Gizmodo has the full story.