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GENETICIALLY MODIFIED PIGS

MOSCOW, Idaho - Jon Oatley is trying to devise ways to feed a growing world and to that end, he has genetically modified pigs to be sterile. With the use of an advanced gene editing technique called CRISPR, famously used in next-generation cancer research, Oatley said he is able to "knock out" the gene that creates the starting point for sperm production. Once the sterile pig matures, Oatley said, researchers can inject it with the genetic material of a different pig with superior traits, allowing the genetically modified hog to act as a surrogate father for a pig with desirable genetics. An AP Member Exchange by Scott Jackson, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. 750 words

WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS-STUDY

BOISE — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. Researchers say firefighters might need better nutrition to stay fit and mentally sharp. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words. With AP Photo.

SPORTS:

FBN-NFC WEST PREVIEW

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams have gone from one of the NFL's biggest surprises to one of the top Super Bowl favorites in just one year. The Rams are the favorite in the NFC West but could be challenged by a San Francisco 49ers team that was rejuvenated by the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo last season. Arizona and Seattle are trying to get back into contention. By Josh Dubow. SNET: 922 words. With AP photos.

IN BRIEF

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK-SENTENCE: 3 years for woman who ran over, killed Kitsap County man

— CRYPTOCURRENCY-UTILITY HIKE: Washington utility increases power rates for bitcoin mining

— DAMS-CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: US House committee to discuss dams at field hearing in Pasco

— FATAL INVESTIGATIONS: Seattle police: International District death a homicide