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A cray-active solution for cancer research

… new environmental conditions such as diet, population density or temperature. “Epigenetic factors may also influence cancer risk and play a role in the clinical development of the disease,” says Lyko. For example, colleagues at DKFZ have recently shown that epigenetics plays a major role in medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour in children (DKFZ PM Nr. 30/2014). Lyko explains that, “in order to understand the basics of epigenetics, we need models. The usual mouse and rat …

Why we shouldn’t close zoos and aquariums

… orcas in captivity for use in their shows. One of these killer whales, Tilikum, has been responsible for three killings since he was captured in the wild by an organization unaffiliated with SeaWorld. Since Tilikum’s most recent incident in 2010, controversy has arisen regarding the orca’s living conditions, which are undeniably much unlike the life he once had in the wild. While I don’t consider “Blackfish” to be completely accurate, I do believe that SeaWorld has once and possibly …

Genome Study Brings Woolly Mammoth DNA Back From the Dead / Sputnik International

From sputniknews.com | July 4th, 2015 A study found the genetic adaptations which allowed woolly mammoths to endure severe Arctic conditions, raising the prospect that the animals could one day be resurrected. A study which sequenced and compared the DNA of Asian elephants and woolly mammoths has identified the traits that allowed the extinct species to survive extreme temperatures, a finding which also raises the prospect that the genetic information could one day be used to bring the …

Amazon: 1% of tree species store 50% of region’s carbon – BBC News

… journal Nature Communications. “Considering that the Amazon is massively important for the global carbon cycle and stores so much of the planet’s biomass, finding out just how that carbon is stored and produced is very important if we want to understand what might happen in the future in different environmental conditions,” explained co-author Sophie Fauset from the University of Leeds, UK. The tropical forest covers an estimated 5.3 million sq km and holds 17% of the global …

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