Master Oogway’s Real Relatives Reveal Secrets for Living Up to 250 Years

nextbigfuture.com – The oldest giant tortoises are revealing their genetic secrets for living up to 250 years. They are animals that are in the range of human size. Female giant tortoises are about 250 pounds and male... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Source: Víctor Quesada, et al. Giant tortoise genomes provide insights into longevity and age-related disease. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2018.

Ancient Britons Traveled Hundreds of Miles For Stonehenge Pork Roasts

geek.com – New research suggests prehistoric Britons traveled far and wide for a good party. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in the UK, attracting people and animals from across the country. …

Source: R. Madgwick, et al. Multi-isotope analysis reveals that feasts in the Stonehenge environs and across Wessex drew people and animals from throughout Britain. Science Advances, 2019.

Scientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech Experiment

geek.com – Scientists in Japan have “awakened” 28,000-year-old cells from a woolly mammoth that lived on our planet years ago, and their observations could provide a better understanding of extinct animals’ lives. The team, which …

Source: Kazuo Yamagata, et al. Signs of biological activities of 28,000-year-old mammoth nuclei in mouse oocytes visualized by live-cell imaging. Scientific Reports, 2019.

Chimpanzee Culture Is Disappearing Thanks to Climate Change, Study Finds

vice.com – Common chimpanzee behaviors are disappearing thanks to climate change and proximity to humans.

Source: Hjalmar S. Kühl, et al. Human impact erodes chimpanzee behavioral diversity. Science, 2019.

Hidden compounds in many medications can trigger allergies

sciencenews.org – Analysis of 42,000 pill recipes shows nearly 93 percent have ingredients that may cause allergic reactions.

Source: Daniel Reker, et al. “Inactive” ingredients in oral medications. Science Translational Medicine, 2019.

Geneticists push for a 5-year global ban on gene-edited babies

sciencenews.org – Prominent scientists are using the word “moratorium” to make it clear that experiments to create babies with altered genes are wrong, for now.

Source: Eric S. Lander, et al. Adopt a moratorium on heritable genome editing. Nature, 2019.

For Just The Second Time, an HIV Patient is in Remission After Stem Cell Transplant

discovermagazine.com – A patient who lived with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for more than a decade is now free of the disease, researchers report today in the journal Nature. The retreat of the infection is only the second time such a case has been reported. In both instances, the patients received a bone marrow transplant to treat …

Source: Ravindra K Gupta, et al. HIV-1 remission following CCR5Δ32/Δ32 haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. Nature, 2019.

Trilobites: Massacre of Children in Peru Might Have Been a Sacrifice to Stop Bad Weather

nytimes.com – Nearly 140 child skeletons were revealed at the site last year. And now researchers say it may have been a response to an El Niño event.

Source: Gabriel Prieto, et al. A mass sacrifice of children and camelids at the Huanchaquito-Las Llamas site, Moche Valley, Peru. PLOS ONE, 2019.

How sleep might repair your DNA

zmescience.com – Sleep might mitigate the damage done to DNA during wakeful hours.

Source: D. Zada, I. Bronshtein, T. Lerer-Goldshtein, Y. Garini, L. Appelbaum. Sleep increases chromosome dynamics to enable reduction of accumulating DNA damage in single neurons. Nature Communications, 2019.