Pigs with edited genes show resistance to costly virus

Feb 24, 2017

Pigs with edited genes show resistance to costly virus

A novel but controversial technique known as gene editing has produced pigs that could be resilient to an often fatal virus that costs European farmers $1.6 billion per year, researchers said Thursday. The process involves cutting out a small section of the pigs’ DNA ...

Bees show unexpected ability to learn

Feb 24, 2017

Bees show unexpected ability to learn

Entice them with a sweet reward and bumblebees can be trained to roll a ball into a goal, revealing unexpectedly complex learning abilities for an insect, researchers said Thursday. The findings in the U.S. journal Science offer the first evidence that bees can learn ...

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Feb 22, 2017

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs small enough to sit on a fingernail in a remote part of India, according to a report published on Tuesday. The researchers, who spent five years exploring the lush Western Ghats mountains, said the ...

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

Feb 21, 2017

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

A zoo in the city of Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an “invasive alien species,” officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo housed 164 simians that it believed were all ...

Feb 16, 2017

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction

Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth’s worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity. Scientists on Wednesday described the surprising fossil discovery ...