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Gene-edited babies and cloned monkeys: China tests bioethics

BEIJING:  A Chinese scientist's claim that he created the world's first genetically-edited babies has shone a spotlight on what critics say are lax regulatory controls and ethical standards behind a series of headline-grabbing biomedical breakthroughs in China. University professor He Jiankui on Sunday said the DNA of twin girls had been altered to prevent them from contracting HIV, but his claims prompted a fierce backlash from the scientific community who not only cast doubt over the breakthrough, but also questioned…

Visitors at this Thailand beach are welcomed by ‘friendly monkeys’

Have you ever been to tourist spot crammed with ‘friendly’ animals? Well, there is a beach in Thailand that gives you company of cute animals. Monkey Beach is – along the island of Ko Phi Phi Don in Thailand – is filled with monkeys. Monkeys that roam around. Monkeys that paddle in the sea. Monkeys that come up to people and want to play. They live in the mountains next to the shore, and have learned that the beach is the best spot to find fruit, seeds, crabs, and leftover snacks from tourists. The monkeys are a…

WATCH: This bonding between little kid and monkeys will melt your heart

KARNATAKA: An 18-month-old boy and monkeys in his locality are focus of the locals because of their incredible bonding and friendship in Karnataka’s city Hubli. It’s a common sight for the villagers to see apes and boy playing together and even sharing food on a frequent basis. According to ANI, the friendship started when one of the monkeys snatched food from boy’s hands when he was just six-month-old. After waking up when the boy feeds the monkeys and plays with them, they go back. Speaking to ANI, the boy’s…

WATCH: 12 monkeys die from heart attacks at same time after seeing ‘roaring tiger’

UTTAR PRADESH: At least a dozen monkeys were ‘scared to death’ after they suffered simultaneous heart attacks when they got a fright – from a roaring tiger, according to a report in the Mirror UK. Locals discovered the monkeys in a forest clearing and were initially baffled by the apparent mass death. Suspecting the mammals had been poisoned, postmortems were carried out which revealed they all had heart attacks at the same time. Vets in the Kotwali Mohammadi area of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh…

Human stem cells restore mobility in Parkinson’s monkeys: study

PARIS: Lab monkeys with Parkinson's symptoms regained significant mobility after neurons made from human stem cells were inserted into their brains, researchers reported Wednesday in a study hailed as "groundbreaking". The promising results were presented as the last step before human clinical trials, perhaps as early as next year, the study's senior author, Jun Takahashi, a professor at Kyoto University, told AFP. Parkinson's is a degenerative disease that erodes motor functions. Typical symptoms include shaking,…

Japan zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying ‘invasive’ genes

TOKYO: A Japanese zoo has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an "invasive alien species", officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, housed 164 simians which it believed were all pure Japanese macaques. But the operator and local officials discovered about one-third were crossbred with the rhesus macaque, which in Japan is designated an "invasive alien species". A city official told AFP on Tuesday…

Extinction threatens some 60 percent of primates: study

WASHINGTON: From gorillas to gibbons, about 60 percent of primates, the closest biological relatives to human beings, are threatened by extinction due largely to human activities, a study has found. "This truly is the eleventh hour for many of these creatures," said University of Illinois anthropology professor Paul Garber, who co-wrote the study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. Researchers reported that about 60 percent of primate species are threatened with extinction, while around 75 percent…