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Science  06 Jan 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6320, pp. 10-11
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6320.10

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In science news around the world, China announces a plan to completely phase out its domestic elephant ivory trade by the end of 2017, a Venezuelan lake is the world's top lightning hot spot, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a drug to treat the inherited disease spinal muscular atrophy, the United States creates a new grants program aimed at strengthening the country's manufacturing workforce, and more. Also, famed astronomer Vera Rubin dies. And ecologists ponder the relocation of the descendants of certain escaped exotic pets—considered invasive species in some parts of the world, but critically endangered in their native habitats—to help restore these species.