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July 1, 2015

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Tiny microscopic animals called zooplankton are ingesting plastic particles at an alarming rate, according to a new study. That could not only pose a risk to salmon but also spell trouble for the ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in ... read more

Pesticide Study Shows That Sexual Conflict Can Maintain Genetic Variation

June 29, 2015 — The sexually antagonistic gene for resistance to the pesticide DDT, which increases fitness in female flies but simultaneously decreases fitness in male flies, helps to maintain genetic variation, ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new study on fruit flies. The study showed that male harassment of females hampered the species' ability to adapt to new ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Pygmy sloths wander inland in addition to inhabiting the mangrove fringes of their island refuge. A researchers now suggests that the population size of the pygmy sloth has been underestimated; a ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation's most insidious pests. This blowfly is responsible for about $280 million ... read more

Tracking Genetic Arms Race Between Humans, Mosquitoes

June 25, 2015 — Individual populations of mosquitoes are under strong evolutionary pressure from humans and their environment, a new study ... read more

June 25, 2015 — When plant cells are infected with pathogens, networks of tiny tubes called stromules grow from the chloroplasts to the cell's nucleus and trigger programmed cell death and innate immune ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Scientists have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective ... read more

Soils Are Living, Experts Explain

June 25, 2015 — Soils home to more creatures than there are humans on the earth, scientists report. This includes animals, insect, bacteria and ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid aging to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual ... read more

Antarctic Sponges: DNA Barcoding Discloses Diversity

June 25, 2015 — Researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized ... read more

June 25, 2015 — When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade ... read more

Bad News and Good News for Birds Nesting at Reservoirs

June 25, 2015 — In a six-year study at Arrow Lakes Reservoir in British Columbia, researchers found that while some nests failed due to flooding as the reservoir filled up in the spring, the higher water levels ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there's only so much clean water to go around -- and so the effort begins to find a solution. One strategy is to use treated wastewater, ... read more

June 24, 2015 — For the first-time, researchers have succeeded in measuring metabolites of testosterone excreted in the feces of spotted hyenas. This innovative non-invasive research method is essential to avoid ... read more

June 24, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered key structural differences in parrot brains that may help explain why this group of bird species can mimic speech and songs so well. These brain structures went unrecognized ... read more

June 24, 2015 — The first species of yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems of the East Scotia Ridge in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, has been described. This Yeti Crab is famous for its body, which is densely ... read more

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