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Desert mangroves are major source of carbon storage, study shows: Researchers estimate carbon storage capacity of coastal desert mangroves in Mexico

Researchers estimate carbon storage capacity of coastal desert mangroves in Mexico<p>Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja …

Scientists Have Removed HIV From Human Immune Cells Using a New Gene-Editing Technique

They've managed to shut down HIV replication permanently.<p>Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, scientists have demonstrated how they …

Human DNA found in a Neandertal woman

Humans and Neandertals may have hooked up much earlier than previously thought.<p>Early ancestors of humans in Africa interbred with Neandertals about …

Evolution

Scientists Synthesize Bacteria with Smallest Genome Yet

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning …

There's an Intact Ancient Virus Lying Dormant in Human DNA

Don’t worry. It probably won’t come back to life.<p>Research has shown that our DNA houses the ghosts of viruses fended off by your ancestors, and some …

Genetics

Unlocking the secrets of gene expression: Scientists make major advance in understanding a basic process of life

Scientists make major advance in understanding a basic process of life<p>Using cryo-electron microscopy, scientists have made a breakthrough in our …

Ancient virus found hibernating in the human genome—and it might wake up

In DNA dig, scientists unearth more viral code, which makes up >8% of our genomes.<p>In the current era of microbiome research, we humans are already …

Genetics

The conflict between science and religion lies in our brains

The conflict between science and religion may have its origins in the structure of our brains, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and …

Psychology

Brain parasite could be behind rage disorder in adults

People with intermittent explosive disorder, which causes outbursts of anger, are twice as likely to have been infected with toxoplasma gondii, study finds<p>If you get hot under the collar behind the wheel, it could be down to a brain parasite.<p>According to new research, adults who have intermittent …

The Brain

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 23 March

Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, all traces of HIV have been successfully removed from immune cells by gene editing, scientists predict that …

Ash dieback and beetle attack likely to 'wipe out' ash trees in UK and Europe

A double whammy of an emerald borer beetle and the fungus causing ash dieback disease could kill millions of ash trees on the continent, study warns<p>Almost all the ash trees in the UK and across Europe are likely to be wiped out by a “double whammy” of a bright green borer beetle and the fungus that …

Biodiversity

The World's Largest Whale Sharks Are Disappearing

Scientists are spotting fewer of the biggest whale sharks in global oceans, but no one is sure why.<p>You’d think finding something as big as a school bus would be a cinch.<p>But large whale sharks—the biggest fish in the sea—seem to have vanished from the world’s oceans, scientists say.<p>Until a decade …

Western Australia

Woman found dead in walk-in freezer of US hotel

Signs show kitchen worker tried to get out of the freezer after she became stuck inside on Monday evening<p>A woman has been found dead in the walk-in freezer of a hotel in Atlanta after apparently being trapped inside for 13 hours.<p>Police lieutenant Charles Hampton said the woman was found on Tuesday …

Crime

Climate change warnings for coral reef may have come to pass, scientists say

As coral bleaching threat is raised for Great Barrier Reef, experts say events show that dire projections for reefs under global warming were not alarmist<p>After almost two years of coral bleaching, with some reefs bleaching twice and possibly three times since 2014, scientists have said that dire …

Climate Change