Woman dies in fall at Foxconn plant in China

BEIJING (AFP) – A young woman intern fell to her death from a dormitory at a Foxconn plant in China, state media reported on Sunday, the latest in a string of fatalities involving the technology giant’s workers.

The woman slipped and fell from the sixth floor while trying to hang her laundry outside a window at the complex in the central city of Zhengzhou, Xinhua news agency said, quoting local authorities.

Foxconn, which is the largest maker of computer components and assembles products for Apple, including the iPhone, Sony and Nokia, has come under the spotlight after suicides and labour unrest at its massive Chinese plants.

A 21-year-old employee of the Taiwanese firm jumped to his death in July in the southern city of Shenzhen.

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Secret to shark health could fight human viruses

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sharks are primitive creatures but their bodies produce a sophisticated substance that shows promise in fighting a range of human viruses from hepatitis to yellow fever, researchers said on Monday.

The compound, called squalamine, was discovered in 1993 but the study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences is the first to explore its potential use against human viruses.

Researchers tested squalamine – manufactured from dogfish sharks’ livers – in lab dishes and in animal subjects and found it could inhibit or control viral infections, and in some cases appeared to cure animals of their ills.

The project began when lead investigator, Michael Zasloff, professor of surgery and pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, sent samples of squalamine to a series of labs around the United States for testing.

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