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White giraffes at Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy in northeastern Kenya | Screengrab

Kenya left with only one white giraffe after poachers kill mother and calf

White giraffes are animals that have leucism, a condition that causes loss of pigmentation.
Scan of cancer cells (Representative image) | pixabay.com

New insights into genes that drive cancer: A study of 2,700 samples

The results of the international project has enormous implications for diversifying the current suite of drugs available for gene-targeted cancer treatment.
Children studying

An ancient trick makes maths simpler & a wildlife friendship warms hearts

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
A Hindu marriage

The scientific argument for marrying outside your caste

Community-based marriage systems remain prevalent in India despite rapid urbanisation and the proliferation of smaller families.
A DNA testing lab (representational image)

Gene editing might alter our DNA, but at the cost of our humanity

Several things can go wrong with gene editing, but bioethicists worry more about the possibilities of modified genes being passed on to future generations.
Miners working at Bersham Colliery near Wrexham in Wales, 1960 | The National Archives UK | Flickr  

Genetic clustering: Economic inequalities seem now in line with regional differences

People are becoming increasingly clustered by certain types of genetics. Europe offers increasing evidence of this.
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In a first, CSIR scientists map genes of over 1,000 Indians across 55 ethnic groups

The genetic data bank of Indian population may help develop personalised treatments and reveal the cause of diseases that are still not understood.
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Most genetic studies use only white participants – and that affects public health

The effects of gene variants that are present only in the unstudied groups remain unknown, which means important clues about causes of diseases might be missed.

Economists should probably leave genetics to the geneticists as of now

To show conclusively that genes influence economic outcomes, economists would need to show a causal link between genes and economic performance.
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Test for ‘fat gene’? Results are worse than worthless

A genetic test for predicting obesity is highly inaccurate and will warp children's views on their body image since many think they’re fat when in fact they're healthy.

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.

After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.


The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.