More Brave New Food: FDA Approves An “Innovative Animal Biotechnology Product”

This month the FDA approved the first “intentional genomic alteration” (IGA) in pigs. The “animal biotechnology product” is called a “GalSafe” pig. It is designed to eliminate a substance called “alpha-gal sugar” found on the surface of pigs’ cells that could cause people with Alpha-gal (AGS), syndrome to have allergic reactions to red meat. The More

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Astronomers detect possible radio emission from exoplanet 

By monitoring the cosmos with a radio telescope array, an international team of scientists has detected radio bursts emanating from the constellation Boötes. The signal could be the first radio emission collected from a planet beyond our solar system.

Source: Astronomers detect possible radio emission from exoplanet — ScienceDaily

A New Clue to the Timeline of Human Evolution

University of Missouri researcher adds to timeline of human evolution by studying an island fox. Nearly two decades ago, a small-bodied “human-like” fossil, Homo floresiensis, was discovered on an island in Indonesia. Some scientists have credited the find, now nicknamed “Hobbit,” as representati

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Paleontologists find pterosaur precursors that fill a gap in early evolutionary history

With the help of newly discovered skulls and skeletons that were unearthed in North America, Brazil, Argentina, and Madagascar in recent years, researchers have demonstrated that a group of ‘dinosaur precursors,’ called lagerpetids, are the closest relatives of pterosaurs.

Source: Paleontologists find pterosaur precursors that fill a gap in early evolutionary history — ScienceDaily

Neanderthals buried their dead: New evidence 

Was burial of the dead practiced by Neanderthals or is it an innovation specific to our species? Researchers have demonstrated, using a variety of criteria, that a Neanderthal child was buried, probably around 41,000 years ago, at the Ferrassie site (Dordogne, France).

Source: Neanderthals buried their dead: New evidence — ScienceDaily