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Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up
A team of Swedish and British scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. (2019-05-17)
Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounter
The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. (2019-05-16)
Mutation makes bulldogs and Norwich terriers more susceptible to breathing problems
The discovery of a new mutation associated with breathing difficulties in popular dog breeds suggests that shortened skulls causing flat faces is not the only factor that contributes to the condition, but that swelling around the airways from edema may also play a role. (2019-05-16)
Dog DNA find could aid quest to help breeds breathe more easily
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered a DNA mutation linked to breathing problems in popular dog breeds. (2019-05-16)
You are what you eat: How the pursuit of carbs changed mammals' genes and saliva
A study of dozens of mammal species explores the evolutionary history of amylase, a compound that breaks down carbs. (2019-05-14)
Complete removal of tumor reduces risk of recurrence of cancer in dogs
The relative risk of a recurrence of cancer is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, a new analysis by Oregon State University researchers has found. (2019-05-14)
UNH researchers discover new strain of canine distemper in wild animals in NH, VT
A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according to pathologists with the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of New Hampshire. (2019-05-06)
Make room on the couch: Worms suffer from PTSD, too
Dr. Alon Zaslaver at Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Genetics Department discovered that even a very basic animal life form like the C. elegans worm has the ability to learn from past experiences. (2019-05-02)
Dogs reduce distress of patients waiting for emergency hospital care
A visit from a dog can reduce the distress of patients waiting for emergency treatment in hospital, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows. (2019-05-01)
Wolves more prosocial than pack dogs in touchscreen experiment
In a touchscreen-based task that allowed individual animals to provide food to others, wolves behaved more prosocially toward their fellow pack members than did pack dogs. (2019-05-01)
Gestures and visual animations reveal cognitive origins of linguistic meaning
Gestures and visual animations can help reveal the cognitive origins of meaning, indicating that our minds can assign a linguistic structure to new informational content 'on the fly' -- even if it is not linguistic in nature. (2019-04-25)
Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. (2019-04-18)
Study shows dogs can accurately sniff out cancer in blood
Dogs have smell receptors 10,000 times more accurate than humans', making them highly sensitive to odors we can't perceive. (2019-04-08)
Hello, kitty: Cats recognize their own names, according to new Japanese research
Pet cats can recognize their own names if their names are used regularly by their owners, according to new results by a team of researchers in Japan. (2019-04-07)
First reported UK case of likely dog-to-dog transmission of leishmaniosis
Veterinary professionals have sounded the alarm in this week's Vet Record after treating the first UK case of a dog with the potentially fatal infection, leishmaniosis, that is thought to have been passed on by another dog, rather than by travel to an area where the infection is endemic. (2019-04-04)
Bid to beat rabies could benefit from oral dog vaccine, study finds
Vaccines hidden in dog food could help curb the spread of rabies in countries with large populations of stray dogs, research suggests. (2019-04-03)
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, hypothyroidism could lower risk of T-zone lymphoma in dogs
Dogs that receive omega-3 fatty acid supplements or have hypothyroidism may be less likely to develop T-zone lymphoma (TZL). (2019-04-02)
Biopsy alternative: 'Wearable' device captures cancer cells from blood
A prototype wearable device, tested in animal models, can continuously collect live cancer cells directly from a patient's blood. (2019-04-01)
A bald gene find­ing
Hairlessness in dogs can be the result of deliberate breeding or, in certain breeds, a defect. (2019-04-01)
Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs
Foster care provides valuable information about dog behavior that can help homeless dogs living in shelters find forever homes. (2019-04-01)
Origin of Scandinavian wolves clarified
There are no signs that hybrids of dog and wolf have contributed to the Scandinavian wolf population -- a matter that has been discussed, especially in Norway. (2019-03-29)
Two new genes discovered in the developmental defects of canine enamel
In addition to humans, hereditary disorders of enamel development occur in dogs, greatly impacting their dental health and wellbeing. (2019-03-29)
World's smallest bears' facial expressions throw doubt on human superiority
The world's smallest bears can exactly mimic another bear's facial expressions, casting doubt on humans and other primates' supremacy at this subtle form of communication. (2019-03-21)
Blue Brain solves a century-old neuroscience problem
In a front-cover paper published in Cerebral Cortex, EPFL's Blue Brain Project, a Swiss Brain Research Initiative, explains how the shapes of neurons can be classified using mathematical methods from the field of algebraic topology. (2019-03-21)
Many pet owners keen to have vegan pets, University of Guelph study finds
A growing number of pet owners is interested in feeding their pets plant-based diets. (2019-03-19)
New potential approach to treat atopic dermatitis
How does the immune system respond to fungi on our skin? (2019-03-18)
Who should Fido fear? Depends on relationship
As states around the country move to stiffen punishments for animal cruelty, Michigan State University researchers have found a correlation between the types of animal abuse committed and the perpetrator's relationship to an animal and its owner. (2019-03-18)
Wolves lead, dogs follow -- And both cooperate with humans
The statement is a bold one, especially as wolves have received a lot of negative attention in recent years. (2019-03-14)
The chemistry behind kibble (video)
Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird-smelling bits of food for their entire lives and never get sick of them? (2019-03-08)
Landscapes of fear, and the large carnivores they feature, important in African ecosystems
A new study focused on Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, where entire populations of large-mammal predators were nearly extinguished during the Mozambican Civil War, illustrates how the loss of an ecosystem's top carnivores can have far-reaching consequences for prey and plant populations, turning 'landscapes of fear' into 'landscapes of fearlessness' in which emboldened herbivores graze and suppress plants. (2019-03-07)
Estimates of older patients with fractures associated with walking leashed dogs
Dog walking is often suggested as something older adults can do to improve their health. (2019-03-06)
Bone fractures increasing as seniors walk dogs to stay active
Between 2004 and 2017, dog-walking-related fractures in people 65-or-older more than doubled. (2019-03-06)
Scientists find method to boost CRISPR efficiency
Scientists have developed a method to boost the efficiency of CRISPR gene editing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to a study that could have implications for optimizing gene therapies for other diseases. (2019-03-06)
Dingoes should remain a distinct species in Australia
Since the arrival of British settlers over 230 years ago, most Australians have assumed dingoes are a breed of wild dog. (2019-03-05)
Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds
New research by scientists at the University of Nottingham suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs. (2019-03-04)
Good dog? Bad dog? Their personalities can change
When dog-parents spend extra time scratching their dogs' bellies, take their dogs out for long walks and games of fetch, or even when they feel constant frustration over their dogs' naughty chewing habits, they are gradually shaping their dogs' personalities. (2019-02-22)
Foxes were domesticated by humans in the Bronze Age
In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the third and second millennium BC, a widespread funeral practice consisted in burying humans with animals. (2019-02-21)
Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula
Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs. (2019-02-14)
New clue in curious case of cassowary casque
A team of Australian scientists has completed research that could help solve a 200-year-old mystery surrounding an iconic Australian bird. (2019-02-13)
Cancer comparison across species highlights new drug targets
Cancer genes in mucosal melanoma, a rare and poorly understood subtype of melanoma, have been compared in humans, dogs and horses for the first time by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators. (2019-02-12)
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