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Dinosaur DNA? New Patent Covers Degraded DNA recovery

...h as the wooly mammoth, giant sloth, saber-toothed cat or even from tissues of the Tyrannosaurus rex that was described last Friday in the journal Science," says Dr. Ensley. Brenda Jarrell, Ph.D., Patent Attorney and Partner at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart remarks, "This is the first patent...

Novel Therapy Tested in Mice Could Chase Away Cat Allergies

A molecule designed to block cat allergies successfully prevented allergic reaction...lts could lead to a new therapy not only for human cat allergies, but also possibly for severe food allergies such as those to peanuts. The National Insti...

Photos show jaguar vamping for camera

...and-a-half hour period. Two days earlier, the same cat languished for 90 minutes, when 19 photos were shot. Biologists from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are using the remote cameras to census the park, which may contain more jaguars than any protected area in Latin America. No...

Hirsute Or Hairless? Two Proteins May Spell The Difference

If you're a cat fancier, you're well aware that hair follicles are...he product of a spontaneous mutation that caught a cat breeder's eye, le chat nu, would quickly succumb in the wild—its winter coat consists of little more...

Genetic therapy reverses nervous system damage in animal model of inherited human disease

... virus directly into the brain. "The brain of the cat is much closer in size to the human infant brain c...ht be years in the future. ### Video comparing a cat with AMD to one that had been given gene therapy is available at www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/supp...

The circadian clock: Understanding nature's timepiece

...tal niches and also unique temporal niches, as any cat owner can tell you. ...

Why are coyotes getting more aggressive?

... are not attracting other wildlife. # Keep dog and cat food bowls inside. # Since coyotes like to hide in areas near food, keep bushes thinned and close off crawl spaces to prevent coyotes from resting or denning under buildings. To report a coyote that is acting strangely or causing a nuisance, call th...

Multi-species genome comparison sheds new light on evolutionary processes, cancer mutations

...mmalian species: human, mouse, rat, cow, pig, dog, cat and horse. Using sophisticated computer software to align and compare the mammals' genetic material, or genomes, the team determined that chromosomes tend to break in the same places as species evolve, resulting in rearrangements of their DNA. Prior ...

DNA traces evolution of extinct sabertooths and the American cheetah-like cat

...ow-extinct species known as the American lion-like cat (Panthera atrox) and cheetah-like cat (Miracinonyx trumani). Of these big cats, only the puma (Puma concolor) and jaguar (Panthera onca) s...

Many cats unaffected by catnip, C&EN reports

Have you ever met a cat that doesn't go crazy over catnip? As it turns out...works in some felines, they generally agree that a cat receives the necessary stimuli from receptors in its nose and mouth, she says. C&EN offers one ...

Alleged 40,000-year-old human footprints in Mexico much, much older than thought

...found 250 footprints - mostly human, but also dog, cat and cloven-hoofed animal prints - in a layer of volcanic ash deposited in a former lake bed now exposed near a reservoir outside Puebla. Its dating techniques returned a date of 40,000 years ago, in contrast to the oldest accepted human fossil from t...

Carnegie Mellon scientists show brain uses optimal code for sound

...f compressed "spikes" associated with vowels (like cat vocalizations), consonants (like rocks hitting one another) and sibilants (ambient noise). To gather sounds for their research, the scientists traipsed through the woods and recorded cracking branches, crunching leaves and wind rustling through lea...

'Uniquely human' component of language found in gregarious birds

...example, "The bird sang," can become "The bird the cat chased sang." Following the lead of language theorist Noam Chomsky, linguists have held that this recursive center-embedding is a universal feature of human language and, moreover, that the ability to process it forms a unique computational ability ...

Marine mammals are on the frontline of failing ocean health

... project I didn't think about things like how much cat feces gets in to the environment - how what we dum... otherwise go unnoticed. Conrad recommends that cat owners keep their animals inside and dispose of kitty litter by bagging it up and sending it to a sa...

Successful cell engineering may lead to mad cow prevention, say researchers

...loning "firsts," among them the first cloning of a cat in 2002 and a white tailed deer in 2004. ...

Animal brains 'hard-wired' to recognize predator's foot movements, Queen's study suggests

...oje. Similarly, the creeping movement of a hunting cat can be interpreted in terms of disguising the ballistic component in its locomotion, he adds. "Our finding might also provide an explanation for seemingly irrational phobias towards animals that don't fit the ballistic movement pattern of a propose...

Computer simulation hints at new HIV drug target

...colored cartoon, with features that resemble a fat cat face. From the front or the back, the identical halves of the enzyme have an ear and cheek protrusion on each side. (See illustration.) Frayed whiskers even appear to sprout from the bottom. The similarity to a face ends at the top of the molecule, w...

Major WHO study concludes calcium supplements can reduce complications during pregnancy

...colored cartoon, with features that resemble a fat cat face. From the front or the back, the identical halves of the enzyme have an ear and cheek protrusion on each side. (See illustration.) Frayed whiskers even appear to sprout from the bottom. The similarity to a face ends at the top of the molecule, w...

Finding a virus is not all bad news

...to analyse its genetic sequence to learn about the cat population. "Every virus strain has its own unique mutations and as the virus is passed from cougar to cougar these mutations in the virus accumulate, leaving a valuable trail of information about the host animal's relationships to each other. Becau...

NHGRI announces latest sequencing targets

...-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus); domestic cat (Felis catus); guinea pig (Cavia porcellus); African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana); tree shrew (Tupaia species); rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus); and a bat species that will be determined based on the availability of a high-quality DNA sample...

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