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Tool to edit DNA revolutionizing research in Boston area

It is a fascinating quirk of nature: Simple bacteria have an immune system with a memory, which allows them to destroy invading viruses they have encountered in the past.

 

The phenomenon is more than just a scientific curiosity. In just two years, scientists have discovered how to repurpose the simple virus-shredding technique used by bacteria in more complicated creatures, a feat that is now revolutionizing research across the Boston area and beyond.

 

Using the procedure, which allows them to slice the genome with great precision — to edit it, in effect — scientists can cut and paste DNA synthesized in the laboratory to create animal versions of human cancers or blood cells resistant to HIV.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

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2014 in Photos: 45 Beautiful Pictures Taken in Boston This Year

December is a month for reflection – if you can find some quiet time between holiday parties, online shopping and flight delays. Whether you find yourself clicking through lists charting the year's best albums, red carpet outfits or Taylor Swift moments, it's the perfect time to pause on the year that was before barreling into 2015.

 

And while we're at it, why not look back on some of the best photos taken in Boston in 2014? Not only do we get to revisit the year in chronological order, but we have the privileged perspective of dazzling photography. Some of the shots we found worth revisiting include the Esplanade in the snow, the Public Garden in the spring and the TD Garden's homage to Mayor Thomas Menino after he passed away this fall. But the post serves almost as a rewind, then fast forward of the year in Boston: Watch as the snow melts, spring blooms, Red Sox season returns, Memorial Day flags pop up, Boston Calling goes by, the Fourth of July fireworks pop off, the leaves fall and Christmas lights reappear, all in 45 shots.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

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MIT Is So Innovative it Can’t Keep Up With Itself

MIT offers more than 50 courses related to innovation and entrepreneurship, enrolling 3,000 students across all five of its schools.

 

The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is about to celebrate its 25th year of awarding student entrepreneurs with the funding necessary to get their start. HubSpot, Akamai and Harmonix are just three of dozens of winners launched out of the program.

 

Student-run nonprofit StartLabs hosts a day-long Startup Bootcamp to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, as well as startup career fairs and hack nights, all to catalyze campus innovation.

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

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Scituate couple keeps brightening Christmastime for disadvantaged kids

SCITUATE -- Sometimes Santa Claus needs help in making Christmas magical. Enter Jake and Sparky Kennedy.

 

The Scituate couple have been making the dreams of homeless and disadvantaged children come true for 25 years through an elaborate and exclusive party they call Christmas in the City.

 

The Kennedys work with social service groups and volunteers to find kids they can whisk away from their homes for a special evening filled with dinner, gifts, carnival rides, sleigh rides and, of course, Santa Claus.

 

Christmas in the City has grown every year. About 4,000 children and 2,000 adults were accommodated last year, Sparky Kennedy said.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

Social

@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

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MBTA officials trumpet record ridership in October

The T set a record for ridership in October, with more than 37 million passenger trips, the transit agency said Friday.

 

Previously, October 2013 held the record, with about 36.7 million trips, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said. The new benchmark, 37.3 million, came three months after the MBTA raised fares by 5 percent.

 

“It’s part of the general trend that we see in big cities throughout America,” said Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “More people are postponing getting driver’s licenses, more people are choosing to live without cars or with one car instead of two, more people are trying to avoid parking costs . . . and generally — in big cities across America — public transit is just becoming more popular.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

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