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Is there a link between poultry and infertility? We deserve to know | Letters

I have been told that no research is being done in Britain to establish whether there is a causal factor between eating chicken and declining male sperm counts, writes Baroness Jean Corston Letters and articles on the apparent decline...Show More Summary

Poor sperm quality linked to air pollution

Study finds ‘strong association’ between high levels of fine particulate matter and abnormal sperm shape – but impact on wider fertility remains unclear High levels of air pollution are associated with poor sperm quality and could be partly responsible for the sharp drop in male fertility, according to a new study. Show More Summary

On a roll: blue whales switch 'handedness' when rolling to scoop food

Blue whales show ‘lateralisation’ – like handedness in humans – when rolling, choosing left or right depending on depth and type of roll They are the largest animals on Earth, can live to around 90 years old and have a tongue that weighs as much as an elephant. Show More Summary

Brain tree: why we replenish only some of our cells | Daniel Glaser

Many of the body’s cells regenerate - but not the brain’s, explains Daniel Glaser We are being treated to a spectacular display of autumn colour this year, but it isn’t only trees that share this pattern for periodic shedding and regrowth. Show More Summary

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity

Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution Scientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been occupied by Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago. Show More Summary

Modern Toss – cartoon

It’s Evolution Day on 24 November! Feed those brains we’ve been shaping all this time by hitting up an exhibition Continue reading...

Chester Zoo successfully breeds rare Catalan newt

Twelve Montseny newts – one of world’s rarest amphibians - hatched as part of joint breeding project with Catalan authorities Conservationists at Chester Zoo have successfully bred one of the world’s rarest amphibians – the Catalan newt...Show More Summary

A moment that changed me: seeing my first moth fish | Fiona Gell

I was 22 and fascinated by fish behaviour. But when scientist Amanda Vincent showed me this strange creature I became convinced that my future lay in conservation — not in the lab Like many of the most important occasions in my life, the moment that changed me involved fish. Show More Summary

Rare genetic mutation found in Amish community could combat ageing

Discovery of mutation which appears to protect against biological ageing raises hopes for new treatments to prevent age-related disorders The discovery of a rare genetic mutation that prolongs human life has raised hopes for new treatments to combat ageing and prevent age-related disorders from heart disease to dementia. Show More Summary

There's more than one way to build a tree, 374m-year-old fossils reveal | Susannah Lydon

Fossils from China show that evolution found an alternative – and ultimately overly-complicated – way to increase the size of the earliest tree trunks In the world of knee-high land plants 400m years ago, the battle to grow tall was won by plants which found biomechanical solutions to fight gravity. Show More Summary

Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body

New therapy will permanently alter DNA, with no way to alter mistakes editing may cause – but offers chance to tackle currently incurable metabolic diseases Scientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA. Show More Summary

No 'lost tribes' or aliens: what ancient DNA reveals about American prehistory

New genetics research settles questions about the peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador – and helps highlight what genetics can’t tell us Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. Show More Summary

Miscarriage research: the bioengineers taking a fresh look at pregnancy

With the help of CGI models of placentas, universities are collaborating to investigate why one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage For an engineer, Dr Michelle Oyen has spent a lot of time with placentas recently. “It’s a really weird organ, half baby, half mother. Show More Summary

‘Pretty gruesome’: giant coconut crab seen hunting birds

Researcher in remote Chagos Islands says he saw crabs, previously thought to be scavengers, hunting and killing seabird A large, land-dwelling crustacean known as a coconut or robber crab has been seen hunting and killing a seabird, the first time such behaviour has been observed in the species. Show More Summary

Study AI: 'I believe we could see the end of cancer in our lifetime'

PhD research student Sam Cooper, from Imperial College London, explains how artificial intelligence is helping to improve the way we treat cancer Examining images and data is time-consuming and relies on the judgement and skills of highly specialised experts. Show More Summary

Imitation games: the scientists copying nature to create life-changing materials

Biomemetics – the science of replicating life – has uses from fuels to medicines to foods, and is now offered by many universities to study at postgraduate level If scientists could borrow from nature – recreating the strength and elasticity of spider silk for instance – the impact on the environment, manufacturing and medicine would be vast. Show More Summary

Study biomedical science: ‘We’re trying to find answers to the big diseases’

Christina Murray is a PhD research student at UCL, working in neurology to help identify the risks of Alzheimer’s disease Christina Murray is a PhD student researching the causes of Alzheimer’s disease at the Queen Square Brain Bank at the UCL Institute of Neurology. Show More Summary

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Seven-year-old boy suffering illness causing untreatable wounds over 80% of his body has had his skin replaced by new, genetically modified epidermis Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder. Show More Summary

Running smart: the science of completing a marathon – Science Weekly podcast

Hannah Devlin discusses the limits of human performance with sports scientist Professor John Brewer and amateur marathon runner Vicky Solly Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast, and join the discussion...Show More Summary

Is it ... Baa-rack Obama? Sheep able to recognise celebrities, say neuroscientists

Sheep able to distinguish pictures of celebrities from unfamiliar faces with near-human accuracy, with implications for research into Huntington’s disease It has all the makings of a pub quiz teaser: what do Barack Obama, Emma Watson,...Show More Summary

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