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world Updated: May 13, 2013 00:39 IST

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Two more alleged child abuse victims of Michael Jackson are preparing to file lawsuits against the late King of Pop’s estate, it has been revealed. A legal source close to the singer’s family confirmed that one is in the public eye, the other is not, the Daily Star reported.

“They are both telling the same story of regular and repeated molestations,” the source said. The claims come ten days after top Hollywood choreographer Wade Robson launched his claim for compensation from Jackson’s estate.

Australian Robson, 30, alleges he was molested for seven years during his childhood at Neverland Ranch, where he was a regular guest of the pop legend. ANI

Dummies may boost heart health in babies
Washington: Using a dummy could protect babies from cot death by improving their cardiac control, according to new Australian study.

Epidemiological studies have consistently shown dummy use protects against cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Associate Professor Rosemary Horne, of the Monash Institute of Medical Research said. However, Horne said, how the soother does this has been unclear, ‘ABC News’ reported.ANI

Adults also affected by junk food advertising
Melbourne: Scientists have challenged the idea that adults are better equipped than children to resist junk food advertising.

The research, led by Health Promotion Evaluation Unit Director Professor Simone Pettigrew, at the University of Western Australia, found both parents and children are influenced by television and Internet advertising on junk food.

Researchers studied the impact of television and Internet food advertising on more than 1000 Australian parents and 1000 children. PTI

Scientists sequence ‘Sacred’ lotus genome
Los Angeles: Scientists have sequenced the genome of the “sacred lotus” which is believed to have a powerful genetic system and may hold secrets about ageing successfully. The scientists sequenced more than 86 per cent of the nearly 27,000 genes of the plant, Nelumbo nucifera, which is revered in China and elsewhere as a symbol of spiritual purity and longevity.

“The lotus genome is an ancient one,” said Jane Shen-Miller, senior scientist with University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life. PTI