Heart attack patients who were not expected to live are fit and healthy after scientists regenerated their hearts with stem cells in a ground-breaking trial which could help millions of people with heart failure.
In a study with potentially major implications for the future treatment of autoimmunity and related conditions, scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to remove the subset of antibody-making cells that cause an autoimmune disease, without harming the rest of the immune system.
In academic clinical trials across the country, oncology researchers are studying how pet dogs respond to cancer therapies and the genetic makeup of their tumors. Some of the data collected has already helped to progress human clinical trials for cancer treatment, according to an article in JAMA.
To celebrate a huge milestone for ALERT -- we are now reaching half a million readers each week -- we are going to do something a bit different.
ALERT director Bill Laurance has just returned from a trip into the heart of the Leuser Ecosystem in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. As those who have followed ALERT blogs and press releases will know, helping to defend this imperiled biological jewel has been one of our flagship efforts (for example, see here, here, here, and here).
So rather than talk about the dire need for nature conservation, we're going to share some images of the last place on Earth where Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, and Rhinos still coexist -- along with an abundance of other species. These photos were taken by Bill Laurance and his Indonesian guide, Suprayudi.
Getting there was half the fun (photo by William Laurance)
A rainforest dragonfly (photo (c) Suprayudi)
A mother Orangutan and her baby feeding on bark they've stripped off a tree (photo by William Laurance)
A rainforest kingfisher in hunting mode (photo (c) Suprayudi)
Suprayudi describes a favorite food of orangutans -- a rainforest fruit whose seeds they disperse (photo by William Laurance)
The glorious beauty of a rainforest gecko (photo (c) Suprayudi)
A rainforest forb in flower (photo by William Laurance)
One of the bolder Long-Tailed Macaques -- the rest of his troop had already fled as we approached (photo by William Laurance)
A tree-snake slithers into our campsite (photo (c) Siprayudi)
Thomas' Langur, a species of leaf monkey, feeding on foliage (photo by William Laurance)
Beauty near the rainforest floor (photo (c) Suprayudi)
An evening mist settles over the rainforest (photo by William Laurance)
We saw amazing things at night. A spotlight reveals the huge eyes of a Slow Loris, a rainforest primate (photo (c) Siprayudi).
A Sumatran Elephant feeding on grass verging the rainforest (photo by William Laurance)
These small tree-vipers are among the most common snakes in the Leuser Ecosystem (photo (c) Suprayudi)
A five foot-long Water Monitor, a smaller cousin of the Komodo Dragon (photo by William Laurance)
Oil palm planted illegally inside the Leuser Ecosystem (photo by William Laurance)
Each year farms, tracks, and roads encroach further into the Leuser Ecosystem -- conservationists are trying to staunch the forest loss (photo (c) Suprayudi)
It's important to remember what we're fighting for -- visit the Leuser Ecosystem and see the wonders of Sumatra's imperiled nature (photo (c) Suprayudi)
To learn more about the Leuser Ecosystem or get involved in helping to save it, contact the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
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