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Only 25 Hainan gibbons remain–What next for the world’s rarest primate?

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Professor Helen Chatterjee (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) writes about the conservation challenges facing the Hainan gibbon. Read: The Conversation

Acupuncture may reduce amount of time colicky babies spend crying

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Professor emeritus David Colquhoun (UCL Biosciences) criticises the British Medical Journal for publishing a journal dedicated to research into acupuncture, which he says has never been proven to be effective. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hrs 44 mins 58 secs), More: i News, The Sun

The human hive

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Dr Seirian Sumner (UCL Biosciences) discusses the social and breeding behaviours of eusocial insects such as bees. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Human Hive' (from 10 mins 20 secs)

Alien bird risk from pet trade

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Dr Ellie Dyer and Professor Tim Blackburn (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) led a project to map out where alien birds - those that have been introduced from other regions - are the most prevalent worldwide, and why. Read: BBC News, More: i News, BBC Radio 4 'You & Yours' (from 28 mins 50 secs)

What we really need to know about fake health news

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Professor emeritus David Colquhoun (UCL Biosciences) comments on how the success of modern medicine leads some people to think there must be a cure for everything. Read: Independent

Indigestion pills could triple stomach bug risk

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Dr Li Wei (UCL School of Pharmacy) led a study finding that some medications for indigestion are associated with increased risk of bacterial gastroenteritis, due to the impact on gut bacteria. Read: Daily Mail

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