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Hormone helps mice 'hibernate,' survive starvation

...n obesity and other conditions.” Mammals on the brink of starvation normally shift their main fuel source from carbohydrates to stored fats, promoting survival during foodless periods. Some mammals also enter a hibernation-like state of regulated hypothermia, known as torpor, which conserves energy. ...

In Iran, cheetahs collared for the first time

...razing, have pushed this important predator to the brink of extinction. Historically cheetahs have played a significant role in Iranian culture, being trained by its emperors to hunt gazelles in ancient times. Iranian biologist and director of the project in Iran, Dr Hooshang Ziaie said "These captures ...

Cambodian vulture nests offer hope for species

...lture species in Asia that have been driven to the brink of extinction across its entire range due to Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used for cattle that is highly toxic to vultures. Diclofenac has lead to global population declines as high as 99 percent in slender-billed and other vulture species....

Amur leopard still on the brink of extinction, scientists say

...is really important is that the predator is on the brink of extinction. And still a unified protected area with national park status has not been established, which is the most important thing for the leopards' survival." At least four leopard litters were encountered during the census. This is a good s...

Update on census of world's most endangered cat -- Female Amur leopard found dead

...of even one female is a huge loss for a cat on the brink of extinction,?said Darron Collins, managing director of the Amur-Heilong Program, World Wildlife Fund. “This year’s census showed a desperate situation, with just seven female Amur leopards left in the wild and four rearing cubs. Now we’ve lost a ma...

Billions of dollars saved in US by polio vaccination

...lth Organization, stated that, "as we stand on the brink of eliminating wild polioviruses around the world, these results provide a glimpse of the massive economic benefits of global polio eradication." To date, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has succeeded in reducing the annual cases of paralytic...

'Fruit fly dating game' provides clues to our reproductive prowess

... back to normal, most tropical species were on the brink of extinction. Then the second large impact hit and pushed them over the brink ?many straight to extinction. As for how the dinosaurs were affected, that's a bit harder to say ...

A human taste for rarity spells disaster for endangered species

...extinct bird that laid only one egg a year--to the brink of extinction. But it was likely scientists and museum collectors anxious to nab an increasingly rare specimen, the authors suggest, that finished the bird off. And trophy hunting collectors have placed increasing pressure on rare species as their fo...

Far more than a meteor killed dinos

... back to normal, most tropical species were on the brink of extinction. Then the second large impact hit and pushed them over the brink ?many straight to extinction. As for how the dinosaurs were affected, that's a bit harder to say ...

Climate change drives widespread amphibian extinctions

...dreds of species around the world teetering on the brink of extinction or has already pushed them into the abyss. "Disease is the bullet that's killing the frogs," said J. Alan Pounds, the study's lead scientist affiliated with the Tropical Science Center's Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. ...

Extinctions linked to climate change

...ian species have declined, and hundreds are on the brink of extinction or have already vanished, a group of 14 researchers said in the new Nature report. They concluded that climate change is promoting infectious disease, eroding biodiversity, and that the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas concentrations ...

World faces challenge as life expectancies lengthen, scientist says

... in St. Louis. "Some people believe we are on the brink of being able to extend human lifespan significant...ing on a global scale. While science may be on the brink of unlocking the mysteries of the aging process, Tuljapurkar worried that the world is unprepared fo...

Seal rookeries could provide a reliable food source for endangered California condors, study finds

...d stealing the eggs. That pushed them right to the brink of extinction until they hardly had any food left." By the 1980s, only two-dozen condors remained in the wild, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take the controversial step of rounding up the entire population and placing them in a cap...

Virulizin granted orphan drug status in Europe

...fishing gear. Some species are being pushed to the brink of extinction," said Karen Baragona of WWF's species conservation program. "We developed this ranking to help governments and aid agencies target their investments for the best return." The report will be submitted to the International Whaling Commi...

Novel targets found for the development of drugs to complement, or replace, statins

...fishing gear. Some species are being pushed to the brink of extinction," said Karen Baragona of WWF's species conservation program. "We developed this ranking to help governments and aid agencies target their investments for the best return." The report will be submitted to the International Whaling Commi...

Canada's first embryonic stem cell lines

...fishing gear. Some species are being pushed to the brink of extinction," said Karen Baragona of WWF's species conservation program. "We developed this ranking to help governments and aid agencies target their investments for the best return." The report will be submitted to the International Whaling Commi...

Leading scientists rank endangered dolphins, porpoises most in need of immediate action

...fishing gear. Some species are being pushed to the brink of extinction," said Karen Baragona of WWF's species conservation program. "We developed this ranking to help governments and aid agencies target their investments for the best return." The report will be submitted to the International Whaling Commi...

Poaching, logging, and outbreaks of Ebola threaten central African gorillas and chimpanzees

... "This devastating mix of threats leaves us on the brink of losing some of our closest living relatives," said Russell A. Mittermeier, president of Conservation International and chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission. ''Protecting gorill...

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