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The first time using next generation sequencing in the research of Vietnamese patients with autism spectrum disorders - Identification of two novel missense mutations of RYR3 gene related to transportation of Ca2+ ions

Autism is a disorder of the pervasive developmental disorder (Autism spectrum disorder). Early onset in the first three years of life, affecting the development of children in three main areas such as social interaction, language and behavior. In the United States, the incidence of autism has risen ten-fold since the 1980s, with an estimated one six-eighth of children diagnosed with autism. The number of boys diagnosed with autism was shown to be higher than girls. In Vietnam, increasing number of children with autism has created a great burden and challenge for families and society. Autism has been proven to be a disease caused by both genetic and environmental effects. So far, more than 100 genes related to autism have been identified.

New insights into the taxonomy and evolutionary process of bamboo bats of genus Tylonycteris in Southeast Asia with the description of a new species to science

An international team of scientists including members of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (IEBR-VAST), the Hungarian Natural History Museum, the Natural History Museum of Geneva (Swiss), and the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Paris, France) published results of a study entitled "Comparative phylogeography of bamboo bats of the genus Tylonycteris (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) in Southeast Asia" in the European Journal of Taxonomy 274: 1-38.

Lang Biang recognized as world biosphere reserve by UNESCO

During the framework of the cooperation between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee on the subject “Developing the profile for Bidoup National Park – Nui Ba world biosphere reserve”, coded VAST.NDP.13/13-14 carried out between 2013 and 2014, through workshops at different levels in September, 2014, VAST Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources worked with the Bi Doup – Nui Ba National Park to complete the profile and submit it to the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Two precious and rare white-cheeked gibbons under protection

On 13 December 2014, the Me Linh Biodiversity Station, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) in collaboration with the Organization of Wildlife at Risk, the Ho Chi Minh City Forest Management Department and Cologne Zoo (the Federal Republic of Germany) received two white-cheeked gibbon Nomascus leucogenys belonging to a particularly precious and rare primate species, to raise for research and conservation.

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