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Devastating decline for the giraffe
Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating decline for the giraffe, driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. The global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years, and the species has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Climate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species
Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studied.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Researchers map neural circuitry of songbird learning
Researchers have begun to map the brain circuitry responsible for cultural transmission and species specificity in birdsong.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Human kidney progenitors isolated, offering new clues to cell renewal

In a first-of-its-kind look at human kidney development, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have isolated human nephron progenitor (NP) cells. Their results, published online in the journal Stem Cell Translational Medicine, will help scientists understand how these progenitor cells become renal cells in the developing fetus, and possibly offer a future way to foster renal regeneration after chronic kidney failure or acute injury.

Biology News Net, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Study reveals how ionising radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

For the first time, researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation. These fingerprint patterns may now enable doctors to identify which tumours have been caused by radiation, and investigate if they should be treated differently.

Biology News Net, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Giraffes more speciose than expected

Scientists from the Senckenberg and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation have analysed the genetic relationships of all major populations of giraffe in the wild. The large study on the genetic makeup of giraffe, published today in Current Biology, shows that there are four distinct giraffe species. Until now, only one giraffe species had been recognized. The unexpected results are based on analyses using several nuclear marker genes of more than 100 animals. The new insights are set to improve protection efforts of these endangered animals in Africa.

Biology News Net, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Thai Navy shows off technology to fight fishing abuses
Thailand's navy on Friday showed off new technology to monitor fishing boats in a renewed effort to crack down on illegal fishing, forced labor and corruption in the seafood industry.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape
Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

Male vs. female stress responses may explain sex differences in diseases
The differences in how male and female fruit flies resist and adapt to oxidative stress may shed new light on how age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's affect men and women differently.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:23:32 GMT

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