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Endangered river turtle's genes reveal ancient influence of Maya Indians
A genetic study focusing on the Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii) recently turned up surprising results for a team of Smithsonian scientists involved in the conservation of this critically endangered species. View News Article (2011-07-22)

Scientists find that non-native snakes are taking a toll on native birds
The Everglades National Park in Florida is home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. It has also become the well-established home of the non-native Burmese python-known to be a predator of native species. View News Article (2011-03-11)

Ethics of research involving animals
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today announced a new Working Party to consider the ethics of research involving animals. There is considerable discomfort about the use of animals in research, but also a widespread acceptance of the need to do more medical research, which currently involves the use of animals. "We believe there is a need for a rigorous ethical debate on the topic. We... View News Article (2003-03-17)

Whale songs are heard for the first time around New York City waters
For the first time in waters surrounding New York City, the beckoning calls of endangered fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales have been recorded, according to experts from the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). View News Article (2008-09-17)

Local funding leads to big things in parrot genomics
The international open-access journal GigaScience (a BGI and BioMed Central journal) announces the publication of a unique study providing the genome sequence of the critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata) by Taras Oleksyk and colleagues at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. View News Article (2012-09-28)

Iberian lynx not doomed by its genetics
The low genetic diversity of the Iberian lynx - the most endangered carnivore in Europe - may not decrease the species' chance of survival, according to new research by geneticists. View News Article (2011-08-22)

Scientists fear rare dolphin driven to extinction by human activities
An international research team, including biologists from NOAA Fisheries Service, has reported in an online scientific journal that it had failed to find a single Yangtze River dolphin, or baiji, during a six-week survey in China. View News Article (2007-09-12)

Are wolves the pronghorn's best friend?
As western states debate removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society cautions that doing so may result in an unintended decline in another species: the pronghorn, a uniquely North American animal that resembles an African antelope. View News Article (2008-03-04)

NOAA: Underwater noise decreases whale communications in Stellwagen Bank sanctuary
According to a NOAA-led paper published today in the journal Conservation Biology, high levels of background noise, mainly due to ships, have reduced the ability of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales to communicate with each other by about two-thirds. View News Article (2012-08-16)

Hellbender salamander study seeks answers for global amphibian decline
A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens. View News Article (2011-12-20)

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