Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What's New ; SCIENCE

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What's New ; SCIENCE

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Wool genes now fashionable

Australian scientists say they have isolated genetic markers for high-quality wool, a breakthrough that could help save the struggling industry. Agricultural scientists here are testing blood and wool samples from sheep bred for both heavy and lighter fleece. The breakthrough would allow producers to select the best animal early in life, instead of having to wait years to see fleece quality. This could save millions of dollars for the industry, which is struggling to survive depressed prices and changing fashions. The industry has been shaken by world fashion that is leaning toward synthetics and cotton fibers.

Clucking T-Rex?

Researchers from the US, China, Mongolia, and Japan discovered masses of mineral grains inside the rib cages of 12 small dinosaurs from China. The research, reported in the journal Nature, may be the remnants of gizzards, which the animals may have used to grind up plant matter, similar to poultry and modern-day birds. …

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