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Extinction Countdown

Could the financial crisis mean more danger for elephants?


The number of African elephants (Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis) poached in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park more than doubled last year, from 48 in 2007 to 98 in 2008, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service — numbers the likes of which have not been seen since the poaching crisis of the 1980s garnered the international [...]

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Altered Virus Calls Out Hidden Cancer Cells–and Might Help Fight Them, Too

virus makes cancer cells make biomarker for detection

Most forms of cancer still must be spotted visually to be diagnosed. But if a newly devised virus can do the job, it could track down cancer cells too small or well hidden to be seen in scans. It might also help shrink tumors, too. The virus in question is a herpes virus, modified genetically [...]

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