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You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies have perceived lung and breast cancer via a whiff of a patient’s breath, ovarian cancer from...

Completely eradicating pests from an island is a major conservation achievement, such as the recently announced eradication of goats from 15,380 ha Aldabra atoll. However, reliably confirming the absence of a species is difficult, bringing to mind the famous mantra ‘absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’. So how do eradication managers finally confirm...

This week I have returned to Reunion Island in the Mascarene archipelago (Western Indian Ocean) for a regional conference on landscape rat control to save birds at imminent risk of extinction. I haven’t been back to Reunion since I left nearly five years ago after working for a year on island conservation in the Mozambique...

By Monika Joshi Their eyes and ears seem to be missing, but that’s not the only thing that makes blind mole rats an odd bunch. The furry rodents are also highly resistant to cancer, a new study says—raising the possibility of new cancer treatments for humans. Researchers Aaron Avivi, Imad Shams, and Irena Manov of the University...