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Ticks have potential to transmit cat scratch disease

...so that B. henselae was identified as the cause of cat scratch disease. More recently, two other species...er published in the early 1990s found two cases of cat scratch disease where the only known risk factor was a tick bite. Reports on cat scratch disease be...

Household ant invasions are determined by weather, not pesticide use, new study finds

...nd building moats around pet food. If you put your cat bowl on a plate with soapy water, the ants won`t be able to get across.`` Gordon is quick to point out that cleanliness has little to do with Argentine ant invasions. The insects might go after leftovers on your dining room table, she says, but it`s...

Scientists switch memory recall on and off in fruit flies

... on just the sound of the bell. Today, all dog and cat owners are familiar with this form of "associative learning." They see it in action each time the sound of the can opener sends their furry friends running to the kitchen in anticipation of their supper. What pet owners are actually seeing, however,...

Plants, insects play cat and mouse game

...al Science this month. Likening the game to one of cat and mouse, botany professor Anurag Agrawal suggests that both plants and insects have the inherent ability to adjust their behaviour - going so far as to alter their physiology and chemistry - in reaction to other species. "On initial inspection you ...

Human cancer-detection test showing promise in pets, too

... small number of samples, the authors wrote in the cat study, we feel that the correlation of our results...e correct storage facilities.Authors of the recent cat study were Kitchell, Casey D. Cadile, Barbara J. Biller, Elizabeth R. Hetler and Rebecca Balkin. Th...

Texas A&M clones first cat

...horthair cats. The announcement of the successful cat cloning was delayed until DNA analysis could be pe...to confirm genetic identity. This breakthrough in cat cloning at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M is reported in the current issue of Natur...

UF researcher develops AIDS vaccine for cats

...us. The FIV vaccine is expected to be available to cat owners through their veterinarians as early as t...en 2 percent and 25 percent of the global domestic cat population is believed to be infected with the virus, according to the USDA. The numbers vary due to...

First vaccine for cat AIDS approved for veterinary use

... The patented vaccine for this disease, which is a cat form of AIDS, has been licensed for manufacture to... research are now coming to fruition and providing cat owners and veterinarians with a protective vaccine for FIV," added Larry Fox, director of technology...

'Meow' isn't language, but enough to manage humans

...anguage," says Nicholas Nicastro, a self-described cat person who has documented hundreds of different feline vocalizations in the common house cat ( Felis catus ) and its ancestor, the African wild cat ( Felis silvestris lybica ). His study, whi...

People linked to new sea otter diseases

... to 8% of the otter deaths. Toxoplasma gondii is a cat parasite, and the otters may catch Toxoplasma cysts from sea water contaminated by cat feces. This disease could be decreased by improving waste disposal. Valley fever caused 4% of the ot...

UC study links parasites in freshwater runoff to sea otter deaths

...eshwater runoff and municipal waste (sewage), from cat feces flushed down toilets. Primary and secondary ...sitive for Toxoplasma." "We think the oocysts from cat waste may get transported to the ocean from fields and yards by surface runoff after storms, or due ...

First ever census of jaguars completed

... study area. "The methodology can be used for any cat with a unique striping or spotting," Dr. Ostro said. "It's much more efficient than collaring individual animals, then tracking them for years."...

Scientists identify motor that powers parasitic cell invasion

...nsmitted by consumption of contaminated meat or by cat faeces, chronically infects half the world's population. The pathogen is a leading cause of neurological birth defects in children born to mothers who contract the disease during pregnancy and can cause fatal toxoplasmosis encephalitis in immunosuppr...

Oregon power companies offset carbon through investment in Ecuadors rainforest

...ological Reserve include the Jaguar, several small cat species, the Long Wattled Umbrella Bird, the Giant Anteater and abundant populations of the threatened Mantled Howler Monkey. With approximately 330 species, the reserve's bird species diversity is among the highest of any coastal site in Ecuador. ...

Cat parasite killing otters; Michigan's perch pressured; HACCP for medicine

...he scientists' best guess is that parasite eggs in cat droppings are washed into coastal-bound storm drains and creeks. Although many different kinds of animals, such as birds and rodents, can serve as intermediate hosts for the parasite, cats are the only animals known to shed the parasite's eggs in the...

Researchers decipher cause of parasites worldwide spread

...y swallowing spores from contaminated soil, water, cat litter or objects that have had contact with cat feces. The infection also can be acquired from eating raw or partially cooked meat, especially chick...

Mouse genetic model for spongiform brain diseases

... not known to be contagious, Gunn says, noting: "A cat that eats a mahoganoid mutant mouse -- should one escape from the laboratory -- would not get spongiform encephalopathy." The researchers were looking for effects that might be linked to mutations in pigmentation genes. They knew that a loss of fun...

Researchers discover strategy that shields HIV from destruction

...e their structure in pursuit of the virus. But the cat (the immune system) cannot keep up with the wily mouse (the virus), Shaw said. The virus "changes its silent face around in such a way that these large sugar molecules occlude new antibodies that develop in the patient. In this way, the virus maint...

Scientists discover 'drive shaft' in mechanism that propels parasite into cells

...y swallowing spores from contaminated soil, water, cat litter or objects that have had contact with cat feces or by eating raw or undercooked meat, especially chicken, pork, lamb or venison. Once consume...

The Plasti-Bone

...e arm is injured and damaged, ACR has shown that a cat scan or MRI image can be made of the good arm bone, and converted to a "growth code" a 3-D virtual image of the replacement bone segment needed. Using that data, ACR's rapid prototyping technology then creates a micro-porous calcium phosphate coate...

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