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'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity
Research published today in the journal Ecology Letters shows that a process known as 'metabarcoding' is much faster than and just as reliable as standard biodiversity datasets assembled with traditional labour-intensive methods. View News Article (2013-08-05)

Museum-fueled global study shows you can't judge biodiversity by its bird
The canary in the coal mine, the supposed harbinger of threat for all those around it, isn't as true as it seemed for biodiversity conservation, according to a sweeping study in which a Michigan State University ornithologist participated. View News Article (2006-11-02)

Three New Species of Venomous Primate Identified by MU Researcher
A venomous primate with two tongues would seem safe from the pet trade, but the big-eyed, teddy-bear face of the slow loris (Nycticebus sp.) has made them a target for illegal pet poachers throughout the animal's range in southeastern Asia and nearby islands. View News Article (2012-12-14)

Revealing the evolutionary history of threatened sea turtles
It's confirmed: Even though flatback turtles dine on fish, shrimp, and mollusks, they are closely related to primarily herbivorous green sea turtles. View News Article (2008-10-16)

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)

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)

Genome sequences show how lemurs fight infection
The young lemur named Eugenius started to get sick. Very sick. He was lethargic, losing weight and suffering from diarrhea. View News Article (2014-05-30)

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)

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)

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