Every year, as many as 50,000 elephants in Africa are killed illegally for their ivory tusks. Now scientists have improved DNA methods that allow them to match up tusks, and help track down criminal gangs that are selling the ivory.
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Scientists have come up with a new way of identifying animals in an area - by testing DNA sucked out of the air. The researchers believe their new method could help scientists keep track of animals that are hard to spot, including endangered animals.
Scientists have created a healthy clone of a black-footed ferret by using DNA from a ferret that died over 30 years ago. They hope the cloned animal will improve the chances of survival for these endangered ferrets.
After studying DNA in water collected from Loch Ness, scientist Neil Gemmell has proven that many ideas about the Loch Ness monster simply aren't possible. But he's left one idea open - giant eels.
Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are twin brothers who worked for NASA. When Scott was chosen for a year-long trip to space, NASA used the twins to learn how people are affected by long trips in space.
China has used DNA to make a copy of a police dog famous for its abilities. The company that did the work hopes the clone will be as talented as the original dog, which they called the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs".
A Chinese scientist says he has edited the DNA of twin baby girls. If true, the news is a worrying change from the way scientists usually work with DNA.
About 40,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed for their tusks and horns every year. Now scientists are using DNA tests to help find the criminals and send them to jail.