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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
Scientists for the first time have used CRISPR gene editing to halt the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a large mammal, according to a study by UT Southwestern that provides a strong indication that a lifesaving treatment may be in the pipeline.READ MORE
Both genetic and environmental factors explain cognitive traits, shows a new study carried out on red junglefowl. Researchers have shown that the ability of fowl to cope with difficult learning tasks is heritable, while their optimism can be explained by environmental factors.
To diagnose depression, clinicians interview patients, asking specific questions — about, say, past mental illnesses, lifestyle, and mood — and identify the condition based on the patient’s responses. n a paper being presented at the Interspeech conference, MIT researchers detail a neural-network model that can be unleashed on raw text and audio data from interviews to discover speech patterns indicative of depression.
A new study led by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) suggests we have overestimated the number of coding genes in our genome by up to that up to 20%.READ MORE
Researchers have created the most complete catalog of cells in the male gonads. The aim: to create sperm in a dish.READ MORE
Can immersing yourself in a South American jungle and the high-fiber, unprocessed diet of its villagers make your gut microbes more diverse and treat related health problems? That was the question asked by researchers who followed seven city-dwelling adults and children who lived in a remote Venezuelan jungle village for 16 days.