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New bacterium discovered -- related to cause of trench fever

... 1997. Koehler’s research group found that all pet cats of AIDS patients infected by B. henselae also...their 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...

ASU research shows connection between testosterone, dietary antioxidants and bird coloration

...their work on zebra finches, a common domesticated pet bird originally from Australia. Carotenoids are known to play several key roles in birds and fish, including contributing to their bright colors, which acts as a signal to attract potential mates. They also act as an antioxidant in the body, which im...

Illuminating the dark side of plants

... for hikers, gardeners, parents of small children, pet owners, physicians, nurses, and veterinarians. Its handsome and information-packed presentation will also appeal to everyone who loves plants or collects books about plants. Lewis R. Goldfrank, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York...

Lost dogs found more often than lost cats, study suggests

...in, provide permanent identification about where a pet belongs. Cat owners aren't required to identify th.... Just 7 percent of cat owners who recovered their pet found it at a shelter. "Cat owners tend to wait longer to call and visit a shelter," said Lord, ad...

Meat and two neutrons -- the key to a longer life

...s are profound.' Isotopes could also be used in pet food or as a means to protect workers or soldiers from radiation. Deuterium, a natural isotope of hydrogen (with 2 protons rather than one) could be used routinely. Previous successes in extending lifespan have involved withdrawing food to the po...

Renewed dolphin slaughter prompts new campaign

...to human consumption, dolphin meat is also used as pet food and fertilizer. The drive hunts also result in the capture of live dolphins for aquariums and interactive swim programs in Japan and China, in direct violation of the Code of Ethics maintained by WAZA. "The Japanese dolphin drive hunts are an...

Disappearing nest egg: Researcher studying declining numbers of macaws

...ining numbers. The birds are highly prized by the pet trade industry, and they are losing their native habitat due to construction and other factors. Also, some South American natives seek them out either for food or to kill them for their bright feathers. Brightsmith has conducted several detailed s...

A human taste for rarity spells disaster for endangered species

...om furniture--or traditional medicines. The exotic pet trade continues to threaten orangutans, monkeys, r... arachnids, insects, and fish. And it appears that pet trade dealers read the scientific literature for clues to the next hot species: immediately after an...

Just like us, social stress prompts hamsters to overeat, gain weight

...s used Syrian hamsters, the kind commonly found in pet stores. They set up a situation in which subordinate hamsters would suffer a "social defeat" at the hands of a dominant hamster. The researchers wanted to see if the defeated hamsters would eat more and gain weight under the stress, just like a human...

Study shows frogs can play key role in stem cell research

...h has become popular in recent years as a domestic pet ?shares with humans the same genetic mechanism that enables embryonic stem cells to divide without limit. This process, which gives embryonic stem cells the capacity to become any of the 200 cell types in the body, is fundamental to all research in t...

Airborne mold spores increase kids' risk for multiple allergies

... to develop allergies to mold, pollen, dust mites, pet dander and certain foods as they grew older. This is the first study to show a relationship between specific airborne fungal spores and an increased risk for multiple allergies in children, the UC team reports in an upcoming edition of Pediatric Al...

Illegal trade is propelling rare turtle toward extinction, new report

..., has left it all but extinct in the wild. Exotic pet enthusiasts in Europe, North America and East Asia...e in wildlife worldwide. "Collectors and exotic pet enthusiasts need to make sure that the specimens they purchase have not been illegally taken from th...

Dogs keep dying: Many owners unaware of toxic dog food

... deaths have been officially linked to the tainted pet food, Center and Bischoff know that many more have died or become ill from the tainted food, based on their many communications with veterinarians as far south as Georgia. "Every day, we're hearing reports from veterinarians in the East and Southe...

Laos ?a lost world for frogs

...os has turned up earlier this year in the Japanese pet trade, where it is commanding a high commercial price. This species is currently known only from two, nearby localities in northern Laos. Conservationists are eager to begin surveys of this species to document the extent of its range and habitat req...

Potential vaccine developed for deadly leishmaniasis disease

... and may be of use not only in humans but also for pet vaccines. Dogs get leishmaniasis, particularly in Southern Europe and a vaccine is urgently needed there, as well." Carbohydrate vaccines already are used in everyday medicine, including vaccines to immunize against meningitis and other bacterial in...

'Uniquely human' component of language found in gregarious birds

...pied an unpublished tune that Mozart whistled in a pet store; the composer purchased the bird and kept it as a pet. The starling is mentioned only once in all of Shakespeare, but in that passage an angry warrior, forbidden by the King to speak of a rival, Mortimer, decides he will "have a starling shall ...

Performing monkeys in Asia carry viruses that could jump species to humans

...an primates ?zoos, animal markets, monkey forests, pet ownership, and urban street performances. Most previous research on viral transmission has focused on bushmeat hunting and consumption, a practice in which local residents hunt wild monkeys for food. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS in humans, is beli...

Expert dispels bird flu paranoia

...a and people can still safely eat chicken and keep pet birds, according to bird medicine specialist Dr Bo... Doneley. "The chances of getting bird flu off a pet bird or your neighbours birds are so infinitesimally small," UQ School of Veterinary Science Adjunct...

Many cats unaffected by catnip, C&EN reports

... response to catnip (Nepeta cataria), available in pet shops as a raw herb or essential oil, says McDaniel. Nepetalactone is one of several compounds known to set off the characteristic set of behaviors associated with exposure to catnip. These behaviors generally start with sniffing, licking and chewing...

Virtual animal shelters ?How the Internet is transforming the experience of pet adoptions

Across the United States, independent pet rescue organizations are growing in number, workin...ociologist Angela Garcia compares how the Internet pet placement experience is complementing the efforts of traditional animal shelters. Garcia's presentat...

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