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Large And Deadly Nile Crocodiles, Now in Florida

(Atlas Obscura) – Florida has crocodiles, but they are American crocodiles. The kind of crocodiles that look a little bit evil and, yeah, you probably don’t want to get too

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Research Finds Little Genetic Change Since Stone Age in East Asia

(RTÉ News) – A team of Irish and international scientists has used sophisticated genetic sequencing techniques to establish that certain groups of people living in East Asia today are very

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Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab – Here Are the Facts

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) – Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs. By Erin Blakemore In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created

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Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?

(GIZMODO) – Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne

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Dog’s Dinner: DNA Clue to How Dogs Became Our Friends

(BBC News) – Dogs have been dining on human food scraps since the early days of their domestication, it appears.  By Helen Briggs Our canine companions developed the ability to

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First Baby Born with DNA from Three Parents

(RTÉ News) – The first baby with DNA from three parents has been born in Mexico, it has emerged. The now five-month-old boy was conceived using a technique which involves

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One Billion Base Pairs Sequenced on the Space Station

(NASA) – NASA astronaut Kate Rubins checks a sample for air bubbles prior to loading it in the biomolecule sequencer. When Rubins’ expedition began, zero base pairs of DNA had

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Survival Secret of ‘Earth’s Hardiest Animal’ Revealed

(BBC) – Researchers have discovered a genetic survival secret of Earth’s “hardiest animal”. A gene that scientists identified in these strange, aquatic creatures – called tardigrades – helps them survive

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Piltdown Breakdown: New Details About a Famed Scientific Hoax

(Reuters) – Researchers applying modern forensic techniques to a century-old puzzle have laid bare intriguing new details about one of the most notorious scientific hoaxes on record, the so-called Piltdown

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10 Things We Didn’t Know 100 Years Ago

Sometimes we forget that a lot of what we know and take for granted was only discovered within the last hundred years – remember, plate tectonics, which seems like the

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