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January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

History of North African Date Palm

Jan. 14, 2019 — Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Entomologists have performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees, have spilled over into the western yellowjacket, a honeybee predator ... read more

Roaming Cats Prey on Their Owners' Minds

Jan. 8, 2019 — Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers have ... read more

Variable Venom: Why Are Some Snakes Deadlier Than Others?

Jan. 8, 2019 — By comparing records of venom potency and quantity for over 100 venomous snake species, researchers have discovered that the potency of a snake's venom depends on what it ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Using the CRISPR gene editing tool, researchers have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including those that ravage agricultural crops and transmit deadly ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species -- turning up the activity of ... read more

New Bat-Borne Virus Related to Ebola

Jan. 7, 2019 — Newly discovered Mengla virus is evolutionarily closely related to Ebola virus and Marburg virus and shares several important functional similarities with them. For example, the genome organization ... read more

Jan. 4, 2019 — Scientists have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created a global flavivirus hotspot map from their ... read more

Jan. 3, 2019 — Timber rattlesnakes, according to the study's author, are among the most docile creatures in Appalachia. They choose places to hibernate that are more likely to be surface mined due to their ... read more

Fruit Flies Help to Shed Light on the Evolution of Metabolism

Jan. 3, 2019 — Researchers have discovered that the ability to use sugar as food varies strongly between closely related fruit fly species. They have also identified the genetic basis of this variation. In the ... read more

Jan. 3, 2019 — One would assume that since humans and many animals tend to get stiffer and perhaps tougher as they reach adulthood, the same would be true for sharks. A new study finds the opposite in these ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — New work shows for the first time just how widespread and deadly the threat of pathogens from restoration nurseries may be to natural forests. The team surveyed five native plant nurseries in ... read more

Contact With Monkeys and Apes Puts Populations at Risk

Dec. 27, 2018 — Animal diseases that infect humans are a major threat to human health, and diseases often spillover to humans from nonhuman primates. Now, researchers have carried out an extensive social sciences ... read more

Sleeping Sickness Parasite Uses Multiple Metabolic Pathways

Dec. 27, 2018 — Parasitic protozoa called trypanosomes synthesize sugars using an unexpected metabolic pathway called gluconeogenesis, according to a new study. The authors note that this metabolic flexibility may ... read more

Historical Genomes Reveal Recent Changes in Genetic Health of Eastern Gorillas

Dec. 27, 2018 — The critically endangered Grauer's gorilla has recently lost genetic diversity and has experienced an increase in harmful mutations, according to researchers who sequenced 11 genomes from ... read more

Dec. 21, 2018 — Researchers placed 160 cameras on 19 of the 22 Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin to see which carnivores were living there. After taking more than 200,000 photos over a period of three years, the ... read more

Genetics of California Mountain Lions: Research to Inform Future Conservation

Dec. 21, 2018 — Mountain lions in California exhibited strong population genetic structure, and some California populations had extremely low levels of genetic diversity, with some exhibiting estimates as low as the ... read more

Electric Fish in Augmented Reality Reveal How Animals 'Actively Sense' World Around Them

Dec. 21, 2018 — Researchers have used augmented reality technology to unravel the mysterious dynamic between active sensing movement and sensory ... read more

More Young and Other Traits Help Mammals Adapt to Urban Environments

Dec. 21, 2018 — Species of mammals that live in urban environments produce more young compared to other mammals. But next to this common 'winning trait', mammals deal with different strategies to ... read more

Dec. 21, 2018 — The startling extent to which violent wildfires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been ... read more

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