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Vietnam burns stockpiles of elephant ivory and rhino horns in bid to beat poachers

The seized goods would have been worth more than $7m on the black market.<p>Vietnam has destroyed a large stockpile of elephant ivory and rhino horns as …

What Every American Should Know About Zika

In an era that’s witnessed a brief but terrifying Ebola epidemic, the resurgence of yellow fever and dengue, and the emergence of wholly new diseases …

10 Proven Ways To Help Learn Anything Better

Neuron Regeneration: How Your Brain Fixes Itself After Damage

Damage to your brain can have a lasting impact on every facet of life, since the organ controls all bodily functions. A new study suggests that the …

CRISPR 101: A crash course on the gene editing tool that’s changing the world

For something that’s been called “a household name for molecular biologists,” many of you have probably never heard of CRISPR, and don’t know why you …

Genetics

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

How nanotechnology research could cure cancer and other diseases

Genetic diseases may soon be a thing of the past thanks to nanotechnology, which employs tiny particles to manipulate cells and change our DNA<p>Here’s how cancer treatment often runs today: a patient develops an aggressive tumor. A surgeon operates to remove the tumor, but a few cancer cells remain, …

Cancer

Overweight men may pass genetic obesity risk to their children

Genetic markers in the sperm of obese men have the potential to affect brain development and appetite control, study suggests<p>The children of overweight men may be at greater risk of obesity due to genetic changes carried in their father’s sperm, a study suggests.<p>Scientists found a pattern of …

We know it's effective. So why is there opposition to the HPV vaccine ?

Over 90% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV. But squeamishness about sex and unsupported safety fears are threatening vaccination programmes<p>Human papillomavirus (HPV) has long haunted humankind; almost all sexually active adults carry some of HPV’s 170 strains. And although many of these are …

Earth - What did the Neanderthals do for us?

I am 2.5% Neanderthal.<p>That's according to a genetic analysis of snippets of my DNA. It is slightly less than the European average of 2.7%.<p>I owe my part-Neanderthal nature to an accident of history. Thousands of years ago, modern humans ran into Neanderthals somewhere in Asia or Europe.<p>We don't know …

Zebra Stripes Not for Camouflage, New Study Finds

If you’ve always thought of a zebra’s stripes as offering some type of camouflaging protection against predators, it’s time to think again, suggest …

Genetic editing is like playing God – and what’s wrong with that? | Johnjoe McFadden

British scientists are getting permission to alter embryos’ DNA. We have the chance to correct devastating diseases in the womb, so let’s get on with it<p>The announcement that scientists are to be allowed to edit the DNA of human embryos will no doubt provoke an avalanche of warnings from opponents …

CRISPR: gene editing is just the beginning

Whenever a paper about CRISPR–Cas9 hits the press, the staff at Addgene quickly find out. The non-profit company is where study authors often deposit …

Genetics

The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio

<b>There have been more than 200 cases of polio in Pakistan since January - the first time infections have reached this level in nearly 15 years. Despite this, not everyone wants their children to be vaccinated.</b><p>Abrar Khan, who is 26, makes his way into a poor neighbourhood of Karachi called Baldia.<p>On …

Antimicrobial resistance: what you need to know

Bacteria and other disease-causing microbes are becoming drug-resistant. We look at why this is and what can be done<p><b>What is antimicrobial resistance?</b><p>Related: Antimicrobial resistance a 'greater threat than cancer by 2050'<p>Such mutations can prevent an antibiotic entering the bacteria cell at all, …

200 years after Darwin, this is how the iconic Galapagos finches are still evolving

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>When Darwin watched his famous finches flit about the craggy cliffs and lush forests of the Galapagos, he observed that something essential was at work in this remote part of the Pacific — some force of nature that, over the course of millennia, pushed each type of bird to …

Biology

7 Surprising Ways Evolution Is Changing Human Physiology

<i>What are humans evolving into, or out of? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Emmanuel Fabella, M.D., ex-zoologist, on Quora:</b><p>The data suggests that our species is evolving into:<p><b>Delayed menopause</b>. …

Six Things You Should Know About How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal.<p>The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases.<p>One way …

US reports first case of bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort

‘It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently,’ says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after superbug infects Pennsylvania woman<p>For the first time, a US patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort, scientists said …

New Report Claims GMOs are Safe, But Not Magical

The National Academy of Sciences, one of the most prestigious sources of scientific inquiry, <b>announced in</b> <b>a new report</b> <b>that genetically modified</b> …

US bid to grow human organs for transplant inside pigs

<b>Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.</b><p>They have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to produce human-pig embryos known as chimeras.<p>The embryos are part of research aimed at overcoming the worldwide shortage of transplant organs.<p>The team from University …

Genetics

Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

It’s 30 years since DNA fingerprinting was first used in a police investigation. The technique has since put millions of criminals behind bars – and it all began when one scientist stumbled on the idea in a failed experiment<p>Thirty years ago this summer, at 4.30 one Thursday afternoon, a 15-year-old …

Crime

Meet the women trying to rid Pakistan — and the world — of polio

Her slender hand sheathed in a black glove, Saira Nizamuddin gathered the fabric of her full-length abaya as she stepped across an alley strewn with rocks and trash.<p>The 19-year-old health worker walked alone, the mid-morning sun pressing down on the dirt streets and soaking into the black fabric …

Public Health

The Weirdest Senses Animals Have That You Don’t

• Author: Brendan Cole. Brendan Cole Science<br>• Date of Publication: 06.10.16. 06.10.16<br>• Time of Publication: 10:00 am. 10:00 am<p>People like to imagine that …

Elon Musk reveals new details about his mission to Mars

Ever since Elon Musk founded a start-up space company 14 years ago, the goal has always been the same: Establishing a colony on Mars. Now he’s …