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Vampire bats keep out of trouble by running

...fore very strong -- the bats run more like a small gorilla than a comparable four-legged creature like a mouse. They run up to about 2.5 miles per hour. Although many of the 1,100 species of bats are known to walk, the common vampire is the only one so far to pass Riskin and Hermanson's treadmill test and br...

Retrovirus struck ancestors of chimpanzees and gorillas millions of years ago, but did not affect ancestral humans

...nd many copies of a gene sequence in the chimp and gorilla genome that didn't appear anywhere in the human genome. They translated that genome sequence into its corresponding protein, and discovered that it was the remnant of a retrovirus, a type of virus that copies its genetic information into the host's g...

Primates on the brink

... sifaka (Propithecus candidus) Madagascar Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) Nigeria, Cameroon Mt. Rungwe galago (an as yet undescribed form of the gen...

Chimp genome reveals a retroviral invasion

... and baboon was significantly greater than between gorilla and chimp -- even though slightly more evolutionary time separates gorilla and chimp than macaque and baboon. When a retrovirus reproduces, identical copies of LTR sequences ...

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

... the threats to populations of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the central African chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) that share the same habita...

Bronx Zoo bears are new Samsonite gorillas

... of the famous Samsonite luggage commercial when a gorilla puts the product's durability to the test, grizzly bears at the Bronx Zoo gave a bear-proof food canister designed for backpackers a real beating, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). But in spite of their best efforts, the bears cou...

Wild Gorillas Handy with a Stick

... to forage, Breuer et al. observed an adult female gorilla named Leah (a member of a long-studied gorilla group) at the edge of a pool of water, “looking intently at the water in front of her.?Leah walked u...

NHGRI announces latest sequencing targets

...o pygmaeus), marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) and the gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). "The gibbon genome sequence will provide researchers with crucial information when comparing it to the human genome sequence and other primate genomes, shedding light on molecular mechanisms implicated in human healt...

Gorilla susceptibility to Ebola virus: the cost of sociality

... the survival of western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglody...researchers studied the spread of Ebola virus in a gorilla population of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo. Social units--defined as groups an...

Researchers discover key mechanism by which lethal viruses Ebola and Marburg cause disease

...unt at least in part for the recent decline in the gorilla and chimpanzee population in central Africa. There is no cure or approved vaccine for either Marburg or Ebola virus. Immunosuppression occurs early after infection and allows the viruses to reproduce rapidly and cause disease. "Currently, there i...

Wild gorillas carriers of a SIV virus close to the AIDS virus

...V-1 group O might have contaminated humans and the gorilla independently, or that the gorilla, having been contaminated by the chimpanzee, might have contaminated humans". This work thus opens up a Pandora's box on the questions and speculations concerning the ability of these viruses to cross over from on...

Ebola-outbreak kills 5000 gorillas

...ontrolling the devastating impact of Ebola on wild gorilla and chimpanzee populations. Since reports of ape d...ts because it was conducted in a closely monitored gorilla population where genetic tests confirmed Ebola as the cause of death. Bermejo and colleagues from th...

Uganda's mountain gorillas increase in number

...zations that have worked to protect Bwindi and its gorilla population,?said Wildlife Conservation Society res...ime genetic samples from fecal specimens, Bwindi’s gorilla population now numbers 340 individual gorillas, up from 320 in 2002, and 300 in 1997. The census...

Ebola outbreaks killing thousands of gorillas and chimpanzees

...of Ebola on wild apes. Direct encounters between gorilla or chimpanzee social groups are rare. Therefore, w...encounter. For instance, as many as four different gorilla groups fed in the same fruit tree on a single day. Thus, infective body fluids deposited by one grou...

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