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Dogs' family status depends on family's locale
Man's best friend might just be treated like any other animal depending on where the owners live. A study by David Blouin, assistant professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University South Bend, found that people who think of animals as children tend to have a city background. View News Article (2010-08-16)

Infection control experts outline guidance for animal visitations in hospitals
New expert guidance by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) outlines recommendations for developing policies regarding the use of animals in healthcare facilities, including animal-assisted activities, service animals, research animals and personal pet visitation in acute care hospitals. View News Article (2015-03-03)

Correlation between bile duct obstruction and ductal cancer found
When bile duct cancer cells were placed in the liver of animals with bile duct obstruction, they grew more rapidly than identical cells placed in animals without bile duct obstruction. View News Article (2007-04-30)

Evolution reveals an independent route for diversity in animal form
Researchers have found that Cnidaria, a group of marine animals noted for diverse morphology among its constituent species, actually lacks the ancient "Hox" gene system that is essential for the development of most other animals. View News Article (2006-05-05)

Scientists confirm functionality of emergency ventilation system for horses
Respiratory or cardiovascular arrest in outdoor animals poses a huge challenge to veterinarians. View News Article (2013-09-24)

The quest for rat poisons that mimic the Pied Piper's magic flute
Scientists dream of developing a real-world version of the Pied Piper's magic flute - new poisons that pose no threat to people, pets or wildlife, while specifically targeting rats, those germ-laden creatures that outnumber humans 6 to 1 in some urban areas. View News Article (2011-01-13)

Phosphorus identified as the missing link in evolution of animals
A University of Alberta geomicrobiologist and his PhD student are part of a research team that has identified phosphorus as the mystery ingredient that pushed oxygen levels in the oceans high enough to establish the first animals on Earth 750 million years ago.  View News Article (2010-10-29)

Study shows how Ebola becomes lethal as it spreads
Scientists investigated why Ebola virus is so deadly when it spreads from animals to humans and then from human-to-human contact.  View News Article (2015-01-21)

Social or Stinky? New study reveals how animal defenses evolve
When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is "Eww," but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think "Aww." View News Article (2014-02-10)

Manatees can probably hear which directions boats approach from
The world is a perilous place for the endangered manatee. While the mammals are at risk from natural threats, human activity also poses a great danger to manatee numbers. View News Article (2009-06-12)

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