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The raw genetic material that gives bats natural superpowers and a unique ability to adapt to their environment has, for the first time, been revealed. Photograph: Olivier Farcy

The raw genetic material that gives bats natural superpowers and a unique ability to adapt to their environment has, for the first time, been revealed(...)

Horseshoe bats. Photograph: iStock

How did Covid-19 come to be? It’s a puzzle that involves tolerant bats, possibly middlemen pangolins and a virus that gathered structures and tricks a(...)

Bats are considered the probable source of the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China. Photograph: Kim Raff/The New York Times

The world has to face up to the reality that the current coronavirus epidemic is not a once-off. What’s more, scientists who study these viruses have(...)

Davos brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, corporate and political leaders. Photograph: EPA

It hasn’t been a good week for bats, with the flying mammals being pointed to by some as a potential source of a deadly coronavirus sweeping China tha(...)

Preparing for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland: The climate crisis and sustainability are shaping up to dominate the event this year. Photograph: Denis Balibouse

European commissioner for trade Phil Hogan has stepped in to address business leaders attending IDA Ireland’s annual dinner at Davos this week, as the(...)

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You are interested in fermented foods. Can you explain what they are? “Fermentation is a process where desirable microbes or micro-organisms are encou(...)

Younger looking mice: elderly rodents that either have their zombie cells (left) or have been treated since midlife to remove these cells (right).

Smoking ages people prematurely because it damages DNA, but scientists have discovered that it also creates zombie-like cells. These cells are implica(...)

The longest-lived species of bats, known as Myotis, pictured in Brittany. Photograph: Olivier Farcy/Bretagne Vivante

Scientists have identified genes that may give long-lived bat species their extraordinary lifespans and ability to resist cancer compared to other ani(...)

The audience at the Schrödinger at 75 conference, organised by Trinity College Dublin at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Direct intervention in the ageing process itself will soon help reduce illnesses associated with getting old, and increase lifespan and quality of liv(...)

Longest-lived bats: may have evolved a unique process to lengthen their chromosomes without inducing cancer, which may keep them young. Photograph: Olivier Farcy

Some bats display remarkable longevity and don’t get cancer – but up until now no one knew how this was possible. An international team headed by res(...)

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