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The international trade in elephant ivory has been illegal since 1989, yet African elephant numbers continue to decline. A study reports that DNA test results of ivory seizures made by law enforcement have linked multiple ivory shipments to the same network of dealers operating out of a handful of African ports.READ MORE
A 'capture-recapture' genome sequencing technique has enabled the quantification of certain stem cells in humans.READ MORE
A tiny change in the very flexible segments of some proteins is enough to trigger rare disorders such as Glut1 deficiency syndrome. A study published in Cell found that other genetic disorders might be traced back to the same origin.
There is growing evidence that exposure to air pollution adversely affects cognitive and behavioural development in children. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are, as yet, unknown. Now, the findings of a new study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, suggest that the ε4 variant of the APOE gene may play a significant role in this process. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Detecting inherited risk factors for diseases tied to more than a single gene has proved challenging. Now, researchers have used artificial intelligence to predict an individual's risk for developing a complex cardiovascular disease using only his or her genome sequence.
A new way of engineering nitrogen fixation has been discovered, bringing us one step closer to engineering a range of crops to fix their own nitrogen.READ MORE
In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains of what were believed to be high-ranked warriors was discovered in Niederstotzingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Only now has DNA analysis been used to understand the social history of these ancient individuals.
Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study suggests that genes have a huge influence on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.