Ventura County Public Health officials say there’s one confirmed case, and two other potential cases of potentially dangerous West Nile Virus in the county. Because of patient confidentiality laws, the county isn’t releasing specifics about the three cases.
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The woolly mammoth and other extinct animals may someday be brought back to life, and UC Santa Barbara scientists are thinking about how to make de-extinction more ecologically responsible. It may be just a matter of time before genetic engineering and cloning are used to resurrect extinct species. “We want to make sure that it works in a way that doesn’t make curiosities for zoos but a way that does something that is meaningful and healthy for ecosystems,” UCSB assistant professor Douglas McCauley said.