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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 ...

50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Feb 24, 2017

50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Nearly 10 years after a “doomsday” seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. ...