• Top of the Morning: An-hour-old Baby Becomes U.K.'s Youngest Organ Donor

    Her spirit lives on. Plus, gene-editing therapy's limits, the new "Batman v Superman" trailer, and more
  • 1. A-hour-old Baby Becomes U.K.'s Youngest Organ Donor

    Baby Hope lived for just 74 minutes and yet her spirit lives on. Her parents Emma and Drew Lee donated their daughter's kidneys and liver cells. The couple found out 13 weeks into the pregnancy that Hope has anencephaly, a condition that prevents her skull from developing properly. Still, they decided to carry Hope to term and donate her organs, as they were inspired by a similar baby named Teddy who had the same condition, lived for 100 minutes, and whose parents also decided to donate his organs. Babies with anencephaly typically live only days after delivery. "Today, she is living on inside someone else and it helps with the grief, it's taken some of the pain away," mom Emma said in an interview with The Mirror. Hope had a healthy twin brother, Josh, who was born two minutes later. (mirror.co.uk

     

    3. Actress Lucy Liu shares adorable photo (and onesie) of son

    "I'm all that and dim sum," read the text on the little boy's red onesie, below an icon of a traditional Cantonese steamed bun, a delicacy from Lucy Liu's parents’ home country. The Charlie's Angels and Elementary star posted the adorable all-smiles photo of son Rockwell Lloyd on Instagram and captioned it, “When it’s your birthday and you’re feeling…” Liu celebrated her 47th birthday last Tuesday. She welcomed her son via surrogate last August. (people.com)

     

    3. New Batman v Superman trailer previews DC's big three!

    The new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer gives the audience more hints about its villains--and it's not just Lex Luthor. It also finally shows DC comic's big three superheroes in one frame. Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) battle Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and the monster Doomsday. Plus, there's joker's reference, too. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters in March 2016. (huffingtonpost.com

     

    4. Gene-edited cells not for pregnancy
    Since the news broke that a one-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia was "cured" after she underwent gene-editing therapy, scientists are now calling for strict limits the groundbreaking therapy's uses. The organizing committee of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing issues a statement that human cells or embryos that undergo a process of gene-editing must not be used to establish a pregnancy. Its statement was issued three days after meetings about the therapy's promising uses as well as the dangers it could bring. The group warned that genetic alterations would be difficult to constrict or eliminate once it's introduced into the human population. (inquirer.net

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    5. New research says a mother's age affects the mental health of her kids
    Researchers from the University of Western Australia looked at symptoms of depression and anxiety in 1,220 familes, and they found that daughters of moms who gave birth between ages 25-29 had lower risk for showing symtptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. The risk increased for daughters who was born to mothers who were 30 to 34 years old when they gave birth, as well as daughters of moms who gave birth at age 35 or older. The researchers found no such link betwen the father's age and their daughters or sons. The researchers, however, are not quick to say that more research needs to be done to find out why. (huffingtonpost.com)

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