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Directed gene-copy variation: The key to conquering new environments

A study of yeast reveals new mechanism that allows cells to adapt to environmental changes more rapidly by accelerating genetic changes around genes that boost fitness.

Biologist looks at butterflies to help solve human infertility

A biologist helps decode the structural complexities of male butterfly ejaculate and co-evolving female reproductive tract. Findings from these biochemical relationships may help unlock certain mysteries of human infertility.

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

The European Court rejects a plea from the parents of Charlie Gard to intervene in his case. Source: BBC

Lake harvests are likely more fruitful than we knew

Harvests from freshwater fisheries such as the Great Lakes could total more than 12 million tons a year globally and contribute more to global food supplies and economies than previous estimates indicate, according to a study.

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

First minister puts her referendum plans temporarily on hold, but says one is still likely by 2021. Source: BBC

Russia blasts U.S. “threat” over possible Syria chemical attack

"Preparations for a new cynical and unprecedented provocation are underway," Russian lawmaker says after vague warning from White House

What even exiled North Koreans miss about home

Tiny restaurant in Seoul caters to thousands of refugees who, in spite of brutal dictatorship, miss "the taste of where they came from"

Second landslide hits stricken village where scores still missing

Teams still searching for nearly 100 people buried by first slide in Sichuan province

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

Syria is planning another chemical attack, the US says, warning it would pay a "heavy price". Source: BBC

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

The DUP and Sinn Féin need to "move towards each other's position", says Irish foreign minister. Source: BBC

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Pope Francis rejects “martyr” label for suicide bombers

Pope Francis said true martyrs don't harm others but rather are meek, honest and persecuted for their faith as true children of God

Ex-diplomat on why Putin aims to “chip away at American influence”

William Burns says Washington needs to send a firm message to Moscow

Public sector pay cap under review, No 10 suggests

Ministers hint the 1% limit could be lifted as a Labour move to scrap it is defeated in Parliament. Source: BBC