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Sep 23, 2011, 8:36 p.m.

Dutch doctors urge end to male circumcision

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch doctors want politicians and human rights groups to speak out and discourage the practice of male circumcision in the Netherlands because they say it is a "painful and harmful ritual," and a violation of children's rights. Between 10,000 and 15,000 boys are circumcised in the Netherlands each year, mostly for religious reasons and not always with an anesthetic, according to the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) which represents surgeons, pediatricians, general practitioners and urologists.

Roche, Genentech researchers avoid business talk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When scientists at Genentech and parent Roche need to discuss business, they do not talk to each other -- they use lawyers. Roche acquired the remaining stake of Genentech it did not already own in 2009, against the protests of critics who feared the cancer-drug powerhouse would lose the innovation prowess that made it the envy of the biotech world if it was absorbed by far-bigger Roche Holding AG.

Pepperidge Farm warns sesame sticks may have wire

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co's baked goods maker Pepperidge Farm Inc is recalling some "Baked Naturals" sesame sticks because they may contain small, thin pieces of wire. The company is voluntarily recalling 13,000 cases of 10.2-ounce boxes of sesame sticks after some consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth.

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