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Animals News -- ScienceDaily Updated Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:39:15 EDT
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Zombie gene protects against cancer -- in elephants
Published: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:36:43 EDT
Description: LIF6, a dead gene that came back to life, prevents cancer by killing cells with DNA damage.  more...
Snake fungal disease alters skin microbiome in eastern Massasaugas
Published: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:33:30 EDT
Description: In the first study of its kind, researchers characterized the skin microbiome of a population of free-ranging snakes to begin to understand how the animals' environmental microbial community may promote disease resistance as well as how it may be disrupted by infection.  more...
How MERS Coronavirus evolves to infect different species
Published: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:42:11 EDT
Description: New research shows how MERS-CoV can adapt to infect cells of a new species, which suggests that other coronaviruses might be able to do the same.  more...
Fishing quotas upended by nuclear DNA analysis
Published: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:14:24 EDT
Description: Fishing quotas have been decided using an inadequate method for decades, according to a new study. The same method has also been used to decide about culling, hunting quotas, or translocating threatened species. Analyzing the nuclear genome of sardines shows previously unrecognized genetic differences between populations, which are not identified by the go-to-method for Isolation-By-Distance, mitochondrial DNA analysis.  more...
Illinois' imperiled eastern massasauga rattlesnakes retain genetic diversity
Published: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:14:04 EDT
Description: A long-term study of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in Illinois reveals that -- despite their alarming decline in numbers -- the few remaining populations have retained a surprising amount of genetic diversity.  more...
When it comes to regrowing tails, neural stem cells are the key
Published: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:05:22 EDT
Description: It's a longstanding mystery why salamanders can perfectly regenerate their tails whereas lizard tails grow back all wrong. By transplanting neural stem cells between species, researchers have discovered that the lizard's native stem cells are the primary factor hampering tail regeneration.  more...
Community-based conservation management has positive effect on wildlife
Published: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:42:34 EDT
Description: Putting land management in the hands of local communities helps the wildlife within, according to new research. A new study demonstrates the positive ecological impacts of a community-based wildlife conservation area in Tanzania.  more...
How birds learn
Published: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:02:55 EDT
Description: Songbirds can acquire new abilities both through observation and through trial and error. However, skills acquired with the latter method are more easily adapted to new situations, as scientists have been able to demonstrate. The researchers also see parallels to how children learn.  more...
Tough life in the savannah? Chimpanzee foods are mechanically more demanding than previously thought
Published: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:31 EDT
Description: A study has analyzed the mechanical properties and the isotopic composition of plant foods eaten by chimpanzees living in the tropical rain forest and savannah woodland. They found that the savannah chimpanzees eat foods that are more mechanically challenging and therefore may place higher selective pressures on their chewing apparatus compared to their conspecifics living in the rainforest.  more...
New details in how sense of smell develops
Published: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:16:07 EDT
Description: Researchers have uncovered new details in how the olfactory epithelium develops. The new knowledge could help scientists prove that turbinates and the resulting larger surface area of the olfactory epithelium are one definitive reason dogs smell so well.  more...
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