Tag: "cats" at biology news
Interaction of just 2 genes governs coloration patterns in mice
...hter bellies and darker backs, from mice to tuxedo cats
to German Shepherds." Hoekstra and co-authors Cynthia C. Steiner at UCSD and Jesse Weber at Harvard studied Peromyscus, a mouse that is the most widespread mammal in North America. Within the last several thousand years, these mice have migrated fr...
Screening for fragile skin
...hdown sheep. Similar conditions occur in cattle, cats
and humans (Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome type VIIC). After Brendon ORourke and Dr Berg confirmed and defined the disorder in Australian White Dorper flocks at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) at Camden in 2006, they then developed a...
Assessing levies for by-catch could fund conservation measures
...es are also threatened by such invasive species as cats
and rats at breeding colonies. "Fisheries are complex, revenue-generating industries, and large majorities are unregulated," said Josh Donlan, a co-author of the paper and a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell. "Once you a...
Wolves of Alaska became extinct 12,000 years ago, scientists report
...competitors for food included lions, saber-toothed cats
and enormous short-faced bears, she said. The saber-toothed cat and other large mammals became extinct about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago when their prey disappeared due to factors that included human hunting and dramatic global warming at the end of...
American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- June 20, 2007
...rmaceutical industry is going to the dogs and the cats
as people in the United States and other countries devote more income to keeping beloved pets healthy and comfortable, according to an article (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/business/85/8526bus2.html) scheduled for the June 25 issue of Chemical & Enginee...
The mouflons of the Kerguelen archipelago
...t to the Islands to study the impact of introduced cats
on the bird populations. Noticing that the mouflon population appeared to be thriving, he suggested to Rale that this population could be studied from a genetic viewpoint. Dave Coltman, a professor at the University of Alberta and a specialist in ung...
Fruit bats are not 'blind as a bat'
...", says lead author Brigitte Mueller. For example, cats
and dogs only have two to four percent cones, and even the diurnal human retina contains an average of only five percent cones. "The retina of flying foxes is no 'evolutionary quirk', but conforms to the general mammalian blueprint that comprises rod...
News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
...itate this transfer. In a trace-conditioning task, cats
learned to expect a liquid food reward (Gerbers pureed sweet potatoes and turkey) after a visual conditioned stimulus (CS). The authors made simultaneous recordings from neurons in mPFC, perirhinal (PR) cortex, and entorhinal (ER) cortex. They then m...
University of Liverpool launches 10 million small animal teaching hospital
...ved treatments for conditions such as arthritis in cats
and dogs a condition which affects 20% of adult dogs and 50% of cats
over 10 years of age. Funded by Hills Pet Nutrition, the centre features innovative equipment inc...
New bacterium discovered -- related to cause of trench fever
...997. Koehlers research group found that all pet cats
of AIDS patients infected by B. henselae also had ...r blood. In fact, about 41 percent of all the pet cats
they tested in the San Francisco area had this bacterium in their blood. This work, detailed in the...
Viable tiger populations, tiger trade incompatible
...n a dramatic reduction in tiger numbers. These big cats
now occupy just 7 percent of their historical range, according to the BioScience paper. And the possibility that China could reopen trade in parts harvested from farmed tigers represents a new threat, the authors say. A legal market in China for p...
Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest
...rded 467 species at the two sites, including large cats
such as panther and puma, various monkeys, and a range of reptiles, amphibians, bats, birds, fish and insects indicative of the lush natural environment. In their final report, the scientists call for improved conservation management of the region ...
Cat hair at home poses an allergy risk, particularly for young children
...arameters as well as the frequency of contact with cats
and other pets. The longitudinal analysis of the...es in particular must still be advised not to keep cats
and to avoid contact with cats
in general. This, however, does not guarantee sufficient protection f...
ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- April 25, 2007
...mistry Commercial cat food may provide domestic cats
with substantially less lysine an amino acid essential for good health than previously believed, scientists from New Zealand are reporting in a study scheduled for the May 2 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , a biweekly pub...
New species declared: Clouded leopard on Borneo and Sumatra
...etter population data. Habitat destruction is the cats
main threat. The last great forest home of the Bornean Clouded Leopard is the Heart of Borneo, a wild, mountainous region of rainforest the size of Kansas. WWF recently released a report showing that scientists had identified at least 52 new spec...
Alien predators are more dangerous than native predators
Introduced predators such as foxes and cats
are twice as deadly as native predators to Austral...e never had predatory species like feral foxes and cats
until recently. Such alien predators were shown to have worse negative impacts than some classic pre...
In Iran, cheetahs collared for the first time
...irst time this highly endangered population of big cats
can be tracked by conservationists. Once found th...king the Asiatic cheetah one of the most imperiled cats
on earth. The two male cheetahs were captured in the Bafgh Protected Area, Yazd Province, in the so...
Insights into osteosarcoma in cats and dogs may improve palliative care
... process of bone destruction in skeletal tumors in cats
and dogs, Barger said. Although not a cure, this c...e effects of bone cancer in humans, also occurs in cats
and dogs with skeletal tumors. Their study appears in the January-February issue of the Journal of V...
David H. Baker to be honored for work in animal and nutritional science
...t of diet formulas for pigs, mice, rats, chickens, cats
and dogs. He is credited with being among those who discovered that the amino acid derivative, taurine, is an essential nutrient for felines. He found that cupric oxide, long used as a copper supplement in animal and human vitamin-mineral supplements...
Lost dogs found more often than lost cats, study suggests
...ired to identify their pet, and 19 percent of lost cats
had a tag or microchip at the time they were lost. More than half of the cats
returned on their own, but less than one in 10 dogs did. The results of the two studies appear in t...
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