Pet Geckos May be Dangerous to Owners

Posted on June 17, 2015 16:01

According to a new Indonesian study, pet geckos may spread antibiotic-resistant and dangerous bacteria to human. Geckos are an imported species of pet popular in the US. The study was co-authored by Sonia Hernandez, an associate professor of wildlife diseases at the University of Georgia, who said, “The study shows how importing animals can introd...

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Belgian Shepherd Dogs Genetically Protected Against Diabetes

Posted on May 28, 2015 16:01

According to a new study, a genetic interaction in Belgian shepherd dogs may protect this breed from diabetes. This novel mechanism was found to regulate blood sugar levels by interaction of genes on two chromosomes. The lead author of this study was Associate Professor Katja Höglund from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Marc...

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Chronic Illnesses Less Harmful Among Cooperative Carnivores

Posted on May 28, 2015 16:01

A recent study of gray wolves in the US Yellowstone National Park has found that wild mammals living in a cooperative group can experience a lesser impact from chronic diseases. This is one of the first studies to measure the effect of an infected non-human individual on other members of the group. The study was led by Emily Almberg, a research sc...

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Scientists Explore 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Stare

Posted on May 11, 2015 16:01

In a recent study, scientists have found a hormonal mechanism behind the famous ‘puppy dog eyes’ stare of dogs. They found that the oxytocin loop between owners and dogs were comparable of that between mothers and their babies. Past studies have also found that dog have a more intimate understanding of some parts of human nature, like pointing or ...

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First Dog-To-Human Plague Transmission Identified

Posted on May 11, 2015 16:01

According to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that a dog was the cause of a small pneumonic plague outbreak in Colorado in 2014. The CDC said that this was the first incidence it had found in the US of a dog transmitting the disease to a human, and it could also be the first dog-to-human plague tr...

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Insects and Other Animals can Evolve Rapidly to Changing Climate

Posted on April 27, 2015 16:01

As climate patterns worldwide change rapidly, a new study by researcher from the Kansas State University and University of Florida have found that insects and other animals could rapidly evolve and adapt to the changes. Lead author Alison Gerken of the University of Florida’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, said, “Organisms can ...

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Researchers Look into the Long Life of Lemur

Posted on April 21, 2015 16:01

Researchers from the Duke University Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina looked into the 30-year long lifespan of Jonas, one of their dwarf lemurs that died recently. The research repot covered medical data on several hundred dwarf lemurs and three other species of lemur. Jonas was part of a clan of fat-tailed dwarf lemurs with a particularly l...

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New Spider Venom Compounds Could Help Treat Chronic Pain

Posted on April 21, 2015 16:01

According to a new study, a newly identified compound found in spider venom holds promise in treating chronic pain in human beings. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting longer than three to six months. Past studies have identified Nav1.7 as one of the most common pathways in chronic pain. The researchers associated with study believe that targe...

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NYC Rats Could Spread Bubonic Plague

Posted on April 21, 2015 16:01

A new study has found that New York City rats could transmit the bubonic plague as they host a species of flea that can pass the plague, although the plague itself has not been found in the city’s rats or fleas. For this study, researchers looked at over 6,500 flea, lice and mite specimens from 133 rats living in New York City. The published resea...

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Dogs Respond like Human Infants to Goal-Directed Behavior

Posted on October 22, 2014 16:01

A recent University of Milan study has found that dogs respond similar to human infants to goal-directed behavior. They look at a person that interacted with a new objected for a longer time than a person that interacted with a familiar item in a different location. The study was led by Sarah Marshall-Pescini from the University Of Milan, Italy. ...

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