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New monkey discovered in Brazil

NEW YORK (JULY 7, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the discovery of a new monkey in a remote region of the Amazon in Brazil. The monkey is related to saddleback tamarins, which include several species of monkeys known for their distinctively marked backs. The ne...

Beyond 'ooh-ooh, aah-aah'-- expert on monkey communication kicks off Darwin series, May 5

Robert Seyfarth, a noted expert on monkey communication, will present "Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind" from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, in Room 130 Sharp Hall at the University of Delaware. The lecture will kick off the University of Delaware's Year of Darwin Celebration, w...

Unexpected large monkey population discovered

NEW YORK (AUGUST 28, 2008) A WCS report reveals surprisingly large populations of two globally threatened primates in a protected area in Cambodia. The report counted 42,000 black-shanked douc langurs along with 2,500 yellow-cheeked crested gibbons in Cambodia's Seima Biodiversity ...

Newly discovered monkey is threatened with extinction

NEW YORK (JULY 28, 2008) Just three years after it was discovered, a new species of monkey is threatened with extinction according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which recently published the first-ever census of the endangered primate. Known as the "kipunji," the large, fores...

Like humans, monkey see, monkey plan, monkey do

How many times a day do you grab objects such as a pencil or a cup? We perform these tasks without thinking, however the motor planning necessary to grasp an object is quite complex. The way human adults grasp objects is typically influenced more by their knowledge of what they intend to do with t...

Analysis of rhesus monkey genome uncovers genetic differences with humans, chimps

An international consortium of researchers has published the genome sequence of the rhesus macaque monkey and aligned it with the chimpanzee and human genomes. Published April 13 in a special section of the journal Science, the analysis reveals that the three primate species share about 93 percent ...

Power emerges from consensus in monkey social networks

Research on communication typically focuses on how individuals use signals to influence the behavior of receivers, thus primarily focusing on pairs of individuals. However, the role communication plays in the emergence of social structures is rarely studied. In a new paper from The American Natural...

New study finds similarities between monkey business and human business

Little attention has been paid to whether systematic economic biases such as risk-aversion are learned behaviors ?and thus easily ameliorated through market incentives ?or biologically based, arising in novel situations and in spite of experience. In a groundbreaking new study from the Journal of P...

Scientists describe new African monkey genus ?first in 83 years

For the first time in 83 years, scientists have identified a new genus of a living primate from Africa, according to research to be published by Science May 11 in the online Science Express. "This is exciting news because it shows that the 'age of discovery' is by no means over," says William S...

Experts discuss use of human stem cells in ape and monkey brains

Covering ship hulls with artificial shark skin could help ships sailing smoothly. The growth of marine organisms such as barnacles on ship hulls is a major cause of increased energy costs in the naval industry. Shark skin offers a structural design that prevents this so called 'bio-fouling'. Ralp...

A New Species of Monkey is Discovered in Tanzania: The First in Africa for More Than 20 Years

Editor : Pictures, video and sound of this rare monkey are available on the Saving Wildlife website . Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, working in conjunction with other partners, have discovered Africa’s first new species of monkey in over 20 years, marking the third monkey...

Transplantation Of Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells Reverses Parkinson Disease In Primates

The replenishment of missing neurons in the brain as a treatment for Parkinson disease reached the stage of human trials over 15 years ago, however the field is still in its infancy. Researchers from Kyoto University have now shown that dopamine-producing neurons (DA neurons) generated from monkey ...

Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

...pression system for treating Parkinson's disease and his research using pancreatic progenitor cells for treating diabetes has demonstrated efficacy in monkey models. Professor Zhang has written an overview of cell replacement therapy of Parkinson's disease, which has been studied in both animal models and h...

Bolivian rainforest study suggests feeding behavior in monkeys and humans have ancient, shared roots

...It enabled Dr Felton and her colleagues to calculate how much an individual monkey had consumed and the nutrients involved; usually, other field studies are o...rimates (where obesity is a problem), and possibly the management of spider monkey forest habitat. "Also, importantly, we have shown that the combination o...

Novel vaccine approach offers hope in fight against HIV

... monkeys. The researchers chose adeno-associated virus (AAV) as the carrier virus because it is a very effective way to insert DNA into the cells of a monkey or human. In the second part of the study, the team injected AAV carriers into the muscles of monkeys, where the imported DNA produced immunoadhesi...

Drugs needed to preserve eggs for reproduction need to be given in stages

...imal time for loading and unloading these drugs. Their studies in Rhesus monkey eggs, which are very similar to human eggs, show that a two-step process of...tectants dimethylsulfoxide, ethylene glycol and propylene glycol permeate monkey eggs. Faster permeability is better with these drugs which must be given at...

Wildlife biologist named Roger Tory Peterson Medal recipient, speaker

...l, Suriname, and Madagascar. His fieldwork has focused on primates, protected areas, and other conservation issues. He has formally discovered several monkey species, and was honored for his work in Madagascar in 2006 with the naming of a newly discovered species of mouse lemur. He has authored over 225 pap...

Cutting-edge amfAR grants fight HIV/AIDS in the lab and on the phone

...Devin Christensen, Ph.D./Mentor: Wesley Sundquist, Ph.D. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT $125,000 Identifying cellular cofactors of Rhesus monkey TRIM5-alpha: While the evolutionary struggle between viruses and primates has yielded several proteins that can prevent disease caused by HIV, the vir...

10 new amphibian species discovered in Colombia

...gered in Colombia, and four species of monkeys, including Geoffroy's spider monkey ( Ateles geoffroyi ), Geoffroy's tamarin or red crested bare-faced tamarin ...r Gorgona white-fronted capuchin ( Cebus capucinus ) and the mantled howler monkey ( Alouatta palliata ). They also found populations of white-lipped peccary...

Early humans had 'jaws of steel'

...s of how their muscles work and added that to the model. We were able to validate this model by comparing it to a similar model built for a species of monkey called macaques," Spencer explained. The result a rainbow colored virtual skull that illustrates forces absorbed by the cranial structure in simu...

Jumbo-sized discovery made in Malaysia

...tial." The park, which contains one of the world's oldest rainforestsdating back 130 million years, also supports tigers, leopards, dholes, numerous monkey species, and 350 types of birds. Asian elephants are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching; between 30,000 and 50,000 may remain in 13 Asia...

Synthetic virus supports a bat origin for SARS

...he Spike protein receptor binding domain that is critical for viral entry into human cells allowed the new chimeric SARS-like bat CoV to grow well in monkey cells (commonly used to study human SARS-CoV). "It was a tremendous surprise that such a small region of SARS-CoV was sufficient to allow the bat vi...

Birth control has long-term effect on hormone exposure

...e then divided into three dietary intervention groups to evaluate the effects of soy on hormone metabolism. Urine samples were collected from each monkey during the 35th and 36th months of the postmenopausal phase of the study and frozen for subsequent analysis of metabolite concentrations. Lab resu...

Despite 'peacenik' reputation, bonobos hunt and eat other primates too

...g the bonobos there for the last five years, which is what made the new observations possible. Although Hohmann's team did have prior evidence for monkey hunting by bonobos, it came exclusively from indirect studies of fresh fecal samplesone of which contained the digit of a black mangabey. Yet, in the ...

Springer editor Toshisada Nishida winner of 2 prestigious primatology awards

... journal "International Journal of Primatology" which is published in cooperation with the IPS. He is also the current Executive Director of the Japan monkey Centre. From 1996 to 2000, he served as President of the IPS. Professor Nishida's research has included studies of Japanese monkeys, red colobus an...

Simian foamy virus found in several people living and working with monkeys in Asia

...ed in an urban area in Bangladesh that had a large monkey population, for instance, while two other people lived near a monkey temple in Thailand. monkey temples are places of religious worship that have ...

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology

...s making them an ideal model candidate. In the study nonobese diabetic mice up to 12 weeks old were inoculated with murine rotaviruses and the rhesus monkey rotavirus. Following infection results showed that diabetes onset was significantly accelerated. Researchers also observed that exposure of nonobese...

Ancient 'Nutcracker Man' challenges ideas on evolution of human diet

...isei teeth were compared to those of the Old World monkey species grey-cheeked mangabeys, and the New World monkey species brown capuchin monkeys--both of these spec...lso were compared to the New World mantled howling monkey and Old World silvered leaf monkey, which eat most...

Environmental enrichment can reduce cocaine use, researchers find

... WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Simple environmental enrichment and increased social stress can both affect the level of individual drug use, according to new monkey research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Previous research has shown that social rank whether animals are dominant or subordinate...

Scientists discover new species of giant elephant-shrew

...ere else on Earth. In recent years, a number of other new species have been found there, including the Udzungwa partridge, the Phillips Congo shrew, a monkey known as the kipunji, and several amphibians and reptiles. This new discovery highlights how exceptionally important the Udzungwa Mountain rain forest...

Ebola virus disarmed by excising a single gene

...by the cell." It took years, Kawaoka explains, to find which viral protein was not toxic to cells and could thus be used to develop a system, using monkey kidney cells, to confine the virus. And Kawaoka, an internationally noted virologist, is convinced of the safety of the new system: "We did this wo...

There is powerful evidence of evolution in human DNA

...ntifically informative remnants of our evolutionary ancestry trapped in the human genetic code. For example, the analysis of the chimpanzee and Rhesus monkey genomes shows indisputable evidence of the human evolutionary relationship with other primates. Over 95 percent of our genome is identical with that o...

New clinical trial results show how personalized medicine will alter treatment of genetic disorders

.... How can DNA-like drugs specific to a single patients mutation go through the existing approval process" Are the current standards of rodent and monkey toxicity studies relevant and appropriate for DNA-like drugs, when the animals do not have the same DNA target (or off-target) sequences as humans" Th...

Drug aimed at 2 bioterror agents blocks live viral infection, Weill Cornell team reports

...top an outbreak in humans. Those findings appeared recently in the Journal of Virology. "We have now tested the peptide-based entry inhibitor in monkey cells to show that it does effectively block infection with both live Hendra and Nipah," explains study senior researcher Dr. Anne Moscona, a professo...

Oosight microscope enables embryonic stem cell breakthrough

...he successful derivation of stem cells from cloned monkey embryos in the November 22 issue of Nature. While ... attached genetic material) from 304 female rhesus monkey eggs. This is the first step in therapeutic clonin...terial from the skin cells of an adult male rhesus monkey into the eggs and allowed them to grow to the blas...

Human clones: New U.N. analysis lays out world's choices

...Clones have been achieved with mice, sheep, pigs, cows and dogs and U.S. researchers last summer accomplished the first cloning of a primate a rhesus monkey embryo cloned from adult cells and then grown to generate stem cells. National efforts to outlaw reproductive cloning of humans are easily skirted...

Northwestern to expose most deadly infectious diseases in 3-D

...e key is the drug or vaccine that will slip inside its atomic structure and destroy it. To figure out where to throw the chemical equivalent of a monkey wrench into the anthrax cell -- and others --Anderson will be mapping key proteins the bacteria uses to do its work. "We'll see what the proteins...

Humans and monkeys share Machiavellian intelligence

...more specifically, like rhesus macaques, a type of monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepo...archy, a Machiavellian strategy that a mid-ranking monkey can use when under attack from a higher-ranking on...group of rhesus macaques confronts another one and monkey warfare begins. Rhesus macaques dislike strangers ...

UF to auction naming rights for new butterfly species online

...hts to other animal species have been successfully auctioned. In 2005, the Wildlife Conservation Society auctioned the rights to name a new species of monkey discovered in Bolivia for $650,000. In September, an auction of rights to name 10 newly discovered fish species raised more than $2 million for co...

Brain cell growth diminishes long before old age strikes, animal study shows

...tween 18 months and 7 years of age. The team found that the younger adults still showed vigorous new cell growth in the hippocampus. But the older the monkey was, the fewer new brain cells had appeared. "This news isn't entirely negative, though it seems to be at first glance," Gould said. "The silver l...
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