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From dolphins to the Giant Panda - chemistry at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo

...eloped an easily digestible formula - a mixture of baby formula and puppy formula - for infant pandas, which has been instrumental in combating infant mortality in the endangered species. Pandas frequently bear twins, but the mother rarely nurtures both offspring; one is often left to die. From 1964 to 19...

Halfway human

...reliably identified as one species or another, the baby could in fact be H. sapiens rather than Neandertha... a chunky modern kid". And if the Mesmaiskaya cave baby is a modern human, Wolpoff argues, its ancient-looking mitochondrial DNA sequence could simply prove...

New research confirms that natural selection is acting on the current human population

...ences in religion, education and the effect of the baby boom, the researchers still found heritable geneti...which women: started their periods had their first baby reached menopause Each of these traits was found to be genetically associated with fitness - the abi...

UC Davis study finds breastfeeding may protect bones in teen-age mothers

...e study. "Recognizing the nutritional demands of a baby who is breastfeeding, I wanted to look at how lact...nding, coupled with the known health benefits both baby and mother receive from breastfeeding, clearly underscores the overall advantage for both mother and...

Researchers pinpoint how tubeworm babies are dispersed to colonize new vent sites

... and survive. To find out how long a journey baby tubeworms can survive, the scientists first had to... is used. From these studies, they determined that baby tubeworms have an average life span of about 38 days. We were surprised by this, says Marsh. Oth...

Copper is crucial for embryonic deveopment, say U-M scientists

...uld be more important to the health of your unborn baby than folic acid, giving up smoking or abstaining from alcohol -- according to a new study by scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School. In the June 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U-M scientists report th...

University of Maryland physicians use ultrasound in novel way

...any parents-to-be, allowing doctors to see how the baby is developing. It sometimes reveals the sex of the child. But the diagnosis of genetic disorders like Down syndrome historically has meant undergoing amniocentesis, an invasive test that requires the insertion of a long hollow needle into the uterus...

Study allays fears about the physical and psychological development of ICSI children

...ts who have to learn to cope with not just one new baby but two, or possibly more, at the same time. Dr Palermo, who first developed the ICSI technique in 1991, said: "Our study shows that ICSI children do develop normally. While the response rate from parents in our study was relatively low, and later e...

Brain-development timeline for mammalian species

... new parents have bragged about all along -- their baby really is quite precocious." However, Clancy says, "we're a little disappointed that some events we humans think are important just don't fit. We hoped we could use the mammalian model to advise when humans should wean their young but no such luck. ...

Study shows top predator makes prey population vulnerable in catastrophe

...lations not extinct, but all of the survivors were baby lizards that must have hatched since the hurricane. They surmised that, as with the previous hurricane, although all lizards present on the island were swept away or drowned, lizard eggs must have been able to survive the hurricane and give rise t...

Polyunsaturated fats implicated in rise in asthma in pre-school children

... reveals research in Thorax. Being breastfed as a baby and having three or more older siblings seemed to protect against the development of asthma, the research shows. Pre-school children between the ages of 3 and 5 years were included in the study. The researchers deliberately chose two rural cities in ...

Mysteries of the stumpy lizard revealed

...es for the past five years, says the sheer size of baby stumpies by the time of birth is the main reason f...er words, if a human female was to give birth to a baby that was 35% of her body weight, it would mean giving birth to a child the size of an average six-ye...

Babies' hands move to the rhythm of language

...rally found in languages. It is so powerful that a baby can find and produce the rhythms of language even without vocal input from parents. The study further suggests the tantalizing idea that a baby's perception of the rhythmic pattern is a key mechanism that launches the process of human language acquis...

Doctors miss chance to advise women of vitamin that prevents birth defects, survey finds

...r NTD is anencephaly, a fatal condition in which a baby is born with a severely underdeveloped brain and s...o help prevent NTDs, all women capable of having a baby should consume a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, beginning before co...

Study: Immunize refugee children early to prevent deadly measles

...e delivered a Kosovar couple's baby in a pickup truck on the way to the hospital. He kept detailed immunization records. Of the 261,000 refugees in Macedonia in June 1999, some 110,000 were living in the c...

Children's book explores why animals stay home to help

...g their parents in raising little siblings, animal baby sitters are helping perpetuate their own genes at a time in their lives when they would be unable to rear their own offspring. They also may be learning parenting skills that will come in handy when their turn to breed finally comes." The scientifi...

Stem cells, forged into neurons, show promise for brain repair

... brain cells and, seeded into the intact brains of baby mice, further develop into healthy, functioning n...rsor brain cells. Transplanted into the brains of baby mice, the precursor cells subsequently showed their ability to further differentiate into neurons an...

Genetic protection against fetal alcohol syndrome?

...nt women, thereby reducing the risk of producing a baby with FAS."...

Scientist finds genetic clues to Alzheimer's, establishes DNA bank for future studies

...day with a health care tab of $80 billion. "As our baby boomers age and retire, we are going to have a national crisis on our hands." In Texas she enrolled nearly 500 patients, including 15 large, extended families, in her state-funded DNA bank. She was overwhelmed by the response of Texans. "It's someth...

Genes in women who smoke linked to prematurity, low birthweight in their babies

...more likely to have a premature or low birthweight baby if two genes that normally control the bodys chemical modification of components of cigarette smoke were missing or inactive. The authors also note that 65 percent of all infant deaths in the United States occur among low birthweight infants (5.5 po...

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