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Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn't, a new study found....

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint
NEW YORK (AP) -- At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here....

How scientists redesign DNA codes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists are working to create yeast that operates with custom-made DNA....

US salmonella outbreak linked to papayas from Mexico; 1 dead
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. health officials say consumers should avoid a variety of papaya from Mexico linked to a salmonella outbreak that has been blamed for the death of a person in New York City and for sickening 46 others in 12 states....

FDA panel: Not enough data to OK "abuse-deterrent" opioid
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted against approving a new opioid painkiller with a unique feature for deterring abuse: It releases a deep-blue dye if someone tries to get high by crushing, chewing or snorting pills....

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020
BEIJING (AP) -- China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's transplant program said Wednesday....

Drug wholesaler to make board change after opioid protest
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Top U.S. drug wholesaler McKesson agreed Wednesday to create an independent board chairman, responding to a Teamsters-led shareholder protest over its role in distributing opioids....

First 2017 Texas case of local Zika transmission reported
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas health officials have reported what they believe to be the state's first case this year of local Zika virus transmission....

New York eyes 'textalyzer' to bust drivers using phones
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a "textalyzer" that allows an officer to quickly check if a phone has been in use before a crash....

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated they didn't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" on Wednesday when it actually counted. The Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation to throw out major portions of Barack Obama's law without replacing it....