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Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs

Wed, 13/01/2016 - 00:32


In terms of evolutionary history, less than a quarter of wrasse species receive minimum protection levels. Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas (MPAs) are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.

The Institut Pasteur in French Guiana publishes the first complete genome sequence of the Zika virus

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 23:41


This is an Aedes aegypti mosquito. Having confirmed the first cases of infection in Suriname then in French Guiana, the Institut Pasteur in French Guiana has sequenced the complete genome of the Zika virus, which is responsible for an unprecedented epidemic currently sweeping through the tropical regions of the Americas. Published in The Lancet medical journal, the analysis of this sequence shows almost complete homology with the strains responsible for the epidemic that occurred in the Pacific in 2013 and 2014.

Blood test that monitors dead cancer cell DNA better at tracking spread of melanoma

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 23:41

Physicians treating patients with metastatic melanoma -- one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer -- may soon have a superior tool in their efforts to closely track the disease.