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Salamander genome provides clues to the amphibian's regenerative abilities

Salamander genome provides clues to the amphibian's regenerative abilities

Science
Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Scientists have for the first time sequenced the entire genome of the Iberian ribbed newt. Their efforts revealed a unique family of genes important to the salamander's impressive regenerative abilities.The Iberian ribbed newt, Pleurodeles waltl, maxes out at a foot in length, but the amphibian boasts a massive genome -- six times larger than the human genome.The sequencing of the giant genome by scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden revealed numerous copies of a microRNA group typically found in mammalian stem cells and tumor cells. Researchers believe this unique group is key to the salamander's ability to regenerate brain neurons and other parts of its body."It will be exciting to figure out how regeneration in the adult organism re-activates embryonic genes...
North Korea's hacking abilities 'beyond imagination,' defector says

North Korea's hacking abilities 'beyond imagination,' defector says

World
North Korea's hacking capabilities are "beyond imagination," one former computer expert for the North told ABC News in the wake of Tuesday's report that the nation had stolen secret intelligence documents, including the U.S.-South Korean war strategy. Secret intelligence documents and photos unilaterally collected by the U.S. military were among the stolen cache of South Korea’s classified documents by North Korean hackers, but the totality of what was stolen remains unknown, according to South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Cheol-hee. Malware contamination of the intranet server of the cyber command that occurred in September last year was confirmed by the South Korea’s Defense Ministry in May but this is the first glimpse of the scope of the damage. The stolen trove tot