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Debate on whether we should use gene-editing technology is far from black and white

Debate on whether we should use gene-editing technology is far from black and white

The real question is not whether gene editing should be allowed or banned, but how it should be regulated. Credit: shutterstock Arguments in favour of embracing gene editing focus on how it can deliver cheap treatments and cures for some truly awful medical conditions. They contest banning the technology based on all the good it […]

Parasitoid wasps can count hidden competitors through taste sensors

Parasitoid wasps can count hidden competitors through taste sensors

The parasitoid Leptopilina heterotoma. The ovipositor is visible as a yellow needle-like structure between the four legs at the left hand side and the two legs at the right hand side. The coeloconic sensillum is located at the very tip of the ovipositor that has been inserted into the substrate. Credit: Hans Smid, Laboratory of […]

Tourist photographs Australian scene of croc versus croc

Tourist photographs Australian scene of croc versus croc

In this Oct. 26, 2015 phoyo, a large crocodile flings a smaller crocodile through the air before eating it at Catfish Waterhole in the Rinyirru National Park in Australia’s Queensland state. Tourist Sandra Bell was poised to photograph a sedate scene of two crocodiles sunning themselves at the edge of an Australian waterhole when the […]

New concept to help set priorities in water management

New concept to help set priorities in water management

Natural habitats along the shore of the Missouri River (Montana, US). Credit: A. Semmler The basic principle behind most strategies aimed at renaturalising ecosystems is to increase biodiversity by restoring natural habitat structure, which should lead to improved ecosystem services in the process. These projects often do not result in the success researchers had hoped […]

Elephants: the forgotten giants at Africa-China summit

Elephants: the forgotten giants at Africa-China summit

Carved ivory is shown to the media before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015 When the Chinese president and African leaders meet this week to bolster economic ties, the elephant in the room will be the trade in ivory—and conservationists want the issue on the table. China is the major consumer of illegal […]

Study says marine protected areas can benefit large sharks

Study says marine protected areas can benefit large sharks

To study their movements in relation to marine protected areas, satellite tags were affixed to the dorsal fins (left) of great hammerhead sharks, Sphyrna mokarran (top right), tiger sharks Galeocerdo cuvier (bottom right) Credit: Dorsal fin — Frank GibsonCredit: Hammerhead and Tiger shark — Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D. Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel […]

Invasive species as junk food for predators

Invasive species as junk food for predators

The Lake Erie watersnake is one formerly endangered species whose population recovered after it was able to supplement its native diet with an invasive species, the round goby. Researchers at The Ohio State University and University of Georgia have found that predators benefit most from eating invasive prey only if their traditional food sources remain […]

Honduran army goes to war against invading bugs

Honduran army goes to war against invading bugs

A soldier cuts logs from trees affected by a southern pine beetle (Dentroctomus frontalis) plague in a forested area in Talanga on November 9, 2015 For Honduran soldiers fanning out in the pine forest the enemy is like no other: numbering in the thousands, invading a sizeable chunk of their country and causing incalculable environmental […]

‘Gene-edited’ cells must not be used for pregnancy: scientists

‘Gene-edited’ cells must not be used for pregnancy: scientists

‘ The International Summit on Human Gene Editing called for an ongoing international forum to guide the gene-editing research following three days of meetings in Washington DC Human cells or embryos that undergo a process of gene-editing must not be used to establish a pregnancy, an international scientific panel said Thursday, urging strict limits on […]

Whip spiders only look terrifying, biologist reports

Whip spiders only look terrifying, biologist reports

Kenneth Chapin with a whip spider on his back, in a cave in Puerto Rico in 2012. Credit: Kenneth Chapin Would you be willing to spend each night in the company of 300,000 bats—all in the service of science? UCLA biologist Kenneth Chapin did just that, for several weeks in 2012 and 2014, while conducting […]

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