SCIENCE / BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS

Lucy fossil approved for US tour

WASHINGTON – A fossil tour doesn’t have to mean an aging rock band’s reunion concerts. The State Department gave final approval Wednesday for one of the world’s most famous fossils — the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton unearthed in Ethiopia in 1974 — to tour the U.S. on exhibit for the first time.

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Million-year-old human tooth found in Spain

MADRID (AFP) – Spanish researchers on Friday said they had unearthed a human tooth more than one million years old, which they estimated to be the oldest human fossil remain ever discovered in western Europe.

Jose Maria Bermudez de Castro, co-director of research at the Atapuerca site said the molar, discovered on Wednesday in the Atapuerca Sierra in the northern province of Burgos, could be as much as 1.2 million years old.

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Scientists swap genes in bacteria

WASHINGTON – Talk about identity theft: Scientists changed one species of bacteria into another by performing a complete gene swap.

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