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Metabolism gives a boost to understanding plant and animal nutrient evolution
In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, authors Maurino, et. al., explore the evolution of a family of enzymes, called 2-hydroxy acid oxidase, or 2-HAOX, that break down fats in both plant and animals. (2014-02-14)
How do human impacts on wetlands affect animals?
A new Biological Reviews study provides a comprehensive assessment of how changes to wetlands affect animals, and the authors use their findings to provide recommendations for managing wetlands to maximise their biodiversity. (1969-12-31)
Yale scientists find evidence healthy animals detect and avoid sick animals
A new study by Yale scientists has found that animals can recognize and stay away from other animals that may infect them with a disease. (1999-09-27)
Canada should ban off-label antibiotic use in agriculture
Canada should ban off-label use of antibiotics in farm animals because it contributes significantly to antibiotic resistance in humans, states an editorial in CMAJ. (2012-06-04)
Top predators also have sway over climate
University of British Columbia researchers have found that when the animals at the top of the food chain are removed, freshwater ecosystems emit a lot more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (2013-02-17)
Why bats, rats and cats store different amounts of fat
Why different animals carry different amounts of fat depends on how they have solved the problem of avoiding both starving to death and being killed by predators, new research from the University of Bristol suggests. (2012-01-20)
Captive hyenas outfox wild relatives
When it comes to solving puzzles, animals in captivity are, well, different animals than their wild brethren. (2013-01-07)
Animal welfare could be improved by new understanding of their emotions
New research from researchers at Queen Mary University of London looking at how goats express subtle positive emotions could lead to greater understanding of animal welfare. (2014-12-03)
Welfare of zoo animals set to improve
The wellbeing of zoological animals is set to improve following the successful trial of a new welfare assessment grid, a new study in the journal Veterinary Record reports. (2017-09-18)
Ecologists help keep death off the roads
Far fewer animals would be killed on the roads if planners took the findings of new research into account when designing and building new roads. (2004-08-18)
Clean living is a luxury wild animals can't afford, study suggests
Domestic animals will choose to steer clear of dirt -- but their wild cousins can't be so picky and may be at increased risk of disease as a result. (2013-10-20)
Animals have it all over us when it comes to color
University of Queensland researchers have developed new knowledge on how animals see and use color, and how their color vision has evolved. (2017-08-03)
Humans proven to recognize partially obscured snakes more easily than other animals
Nagoya University researchers confirmed that humans are more able to identify snakes than other harmless animals in partially obscured conditions. (2016-11-08)
Captive carnivores not up to wild living
A study by the University of Exeter has highlighted the problems of reintroducing animals to the wild for conservation projects. (2008-01-20)
Early escalation of cocaine intake is a predictor of addiction
New users of cocaine who quickly escalate the amount they are taking is a good predictor of who is likely to become addicted, a Yale study shows. (2000-05-29)
Sniff, sniff. What did you say?
When animals like dogs or rats sniff one another, there might be more going on than you'd think. (2013-03-07)
Fish oils reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flatulent cows
Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils can improve meat quality and reducing methane emissions in cows. (2009-03-29)
Efforts are needed to enrich the lives of killer whales in captivity
Keeping Killer whales in zoos and aquariums has become highly controversial. (2017-01-05)
Domesticated animals provide vital link to emergence of new diseases
Research at the University of Liverpool suggests pets and other domesticated animals could provide new clues into the emergence of infections that can spread between animals and humans. (2014-05-15)
New research adds to evidence that acetaminophen may prevent colon cancer in lab animals
Research findings presented at the International Symposium on Antimutagenesis and Anticarcinogenesis at New York Medical College suggest that acetaminophen, the medicine in Tylenol, may have powerful protective effects on colon cells exposed to a cancer-causing agent. (2002-04-25)
Bigger isn't always better--especially if you're a rodent
Voles are pedestrians, too, and need just as much help crossing the road as the big animals, says new research from the University of Alberta. (2004-03-15)
Surgery on toy animals lessens anxiety of veterinary students
Training basic surgical techniques on toy animals before having to perform operations on living animals makes veterinary students much less anxious. (2011-11-15)
The dynamics of mercury toxins in the oceans' food web
Methylmercury, a toxic form of mercury that is readily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract and can cause in a variety of health issues, poses a significant threat to marine animals at the top of the food web. (2015-08-18)
Can animals really help people in hospitals, aged care?
While many people have an opinion on whether animals can help to improve well-being and care for patients in hospitals, does anyone really know whether there are benefits both for the patients and the animals themselves? (2014-04-09)
Complex skeletons evolved earlier than realized, fossils suggest
The first animals to have complex skeletons existed about 550 million years ago, fossils of a tiny marine creature unearthed in Namibia suggest. (2015-11-06)
Sharp rise in experimental animal research in US
The use of animals in experimental research has soared at leading US laboratories in recent years, finds research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2015-02-25)
Overuse of antimicrobials in livestock risks human health, warn experts
Excessive use of antimicrobials in livestock promotes resistance and risks the future health of both animals and humans, warn experts in an editorial published by Student BMJ today. (2011-06-01)
Climate change could turn oxygen-free seas from blessing to curse for zooplankton
Zooplankton can use specialized adaptations that allow them to hide from predators in areas of the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that almost nothing can survive, but they may run into trouble as these areas expand due to climate change. (2011-07-01)
Researchers find local wildlife protection safeguards entire range
Researchers have analyzed historical range maps for 47 mammal species to find patterns that might help conservationists assess threats to animal populations from human encroachment. (2011-02-22)
Climate change could turn oxygen-free seas from a blessing to a curse for zooplankton
Zooplankton can use specialized adaptations that allow them to hide from predators in areas of the ocean where oxygen levels are so low almost nothing can survive -- but they may run into trouble as these areas expand under climate change. (2011-06-30)
Study shows troubling rise in use of animals in experiments
Despite industry claims of reduced animal use as well as federal laws and policies aimed at reducing the use of animals, the number of animals used in leading US laboratories increased a staggering 73 percent from 1997 to 2012, according to a new study by PETA to be published Feb. (2015-02-25)
Like a deer in the headlights
Vehicle collisions with wildlife are common and often cause significant property damage and human injury. (2002-03-18)
The more the merrier for animals that synchronize their behavior
Social interaction could be the mechanism that allows animals living in groups to synchronize their activities, whether it's huddling for warmth or offering protection from predators. (2015-09-01)
Scientist postulates 4 aspects of 'humaniqueness' differentiating human and animal cognition
Marc Hauser, a Harvard scientist, presents a new hypothesis on what defines the cognitive rift between humans and animals. (2008-02-17)
Experts seek to educate orthopaedic researchers on the ethical use of animals in preclinical studies
Recent initiatives by the Orthopaedic Research Society seek to improve animal research and ensure that it is performed to the highest ethical and scientific standards. (2017-01-17)
U of M faculty find antimicrobials altering intestinal bacteria composition in swine
Researchers from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, concerned about the use of antibiotics in animal production, have found that antimicrobial growth promoters administered to swine can alter the kind of bacteria present in the animal's intestinal track, resulting in an accelerated rate of growth and development in the animals. (2012-09-04)
Ion selectivity in neuronal signaling channels evolved twice in animals
Excitation of neurons depends on the selected influx of certain ions through specific channels. (2012-07-26)
Manatees are hard of hearing
Manatees get run down by motorboats because they can't hear them coming, a new study from Florida shows. (1999-07-28)
Jefferson neuroscientists find evidence of lead exposure affecting recovery from brain injury
Lead exposure at a young age can hurt the brain's development and cause learning and behavioral problems. (2004-10-25)
Specific protein may increase risk of blood-vessel constriction linked to gum disease
A protein involved in cellular inflammation may increase the risk of plaque containing blood vessels associated with inflammatory gum disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2012 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. (2012-04-18)
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