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June 26, 2022

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Cats' Strange Reactions to Catnip Make It a Better Insect Repellent

Anyone who has seen a cat experience catnip knows that it makes them go a bit wild -- they rub in it, roll on it, chew it, and lick it aggressively. It is widely accepted that this plant, and its ...

Toxoplasmosis: Propagation of Parasite in Host Cell Stopped

A new method blocks the protein regulation of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and causes it to die off inside the host ...

Study of Ancient Predators Sheds Light on How Humans Did -- Or Didn't -- Find Food

A new analysis of the remains of ancient predators reveals new information about how prehistoric humans did -- or didn't -- find their ...

Pathogens Can Hitch a Ride on Plastic to Reach the Sea

Microplastics are a pathway for pathogens on land to reach the ocean, with likely consequences for human and wildlife health, according to a new study. This study connects microplastic pollution in ...
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Older Japanese Dog Owners May Face Lower Risk of Disability Than Non-Dog Owners, Study Finds

An analysis of data from more than 11,000 older Japanese adults suggests that seniors who own a dog may be at lower risk of disability than those who have never been dog ...

Smelly Ocelot Habitats May Scare Off Seed-Dispersing Rodents

An experiment in Panama's Parque Natural Metropolitano and Gamboa revealed that agoutis were less likely to disperse and pilfer seeds in sites where ferocious felines ...

Sequencing Puts Carnivore Chromosomes in Context

A new study shows how the three-dimensional scaffolding of chromosomes is related across several species of carnivores, offering a new approach of 'comparative scaffotyping' that could be ...

Notches on Lions’ Teeth Reveal Poaching in Zambia’s Conservation Areas

New research links notches on lion teeth with snare traps, revealing significantly more poaching in conservation areas than previously estimated. Researchers used photos of trophy-hunted lions and ...

Data from Thousands of Cameras Confirms Protected Areas Promote Mammal Diversity

Researchers at UBC's faculty of forestry analyzed data from a global data set drawing from 8,671 camera trap stations spanning four continents. They found more mammal diversity in survey areas ...

Hostile Takeover in the Cell: Pathogens Hijack Host Mitochondria

A research team reports that a parasite tricks mitochondria into shedding large structures from their 'skin', thus turning off their ...

Exploring Genetics of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Viruses in Animals Around the World

A genetic and geographic analysis of variants of SARS-CoV-2 -- the virus that causes COVID-19 -- and related viruses in humans and animals may provide evidence of interspecies transmission ...

Scientists Find SARS-CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses in Cambodian Bats from 2010

Scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ...

Domestic Cats Drive Spread of Toxoplasma Parasite to Wildlife

New research suggests free-roaming cats are likely to blame in the spread of the potentially deadly Toxoplasma gondii parasite to wildlife in densely populated urban ...

Helping Smooth New Zealand Sea Lions’ Road Home

A team creates a new way of redefining New Zealand sea lions' habitat. The work will help take the surprise out of coming across sea lions on a forest ...

SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected in Dogs and Cats With Suspected Myocarditis

A new study reveals that pets can be infected with the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2, which was first detected in southeast England and is commonly known as the UK variant or ...

A Commonly Found Parasite Could Treat Certain Types of Cancer, Say Scientists

Scientists have discovered that a deadly parasite, known to cause ill health in pregnant women and immunocompromised patients, could potentially be used to treat various types of ...

These Hips Don’t Lie: 3D Imaging of a Pelvis Suggests Social Care for Saber-Tooths

A new study reveals saber-toothed cats suffered from hip dysplasia, an affliction common in pet cats and dogs, and points to supportive social structures for ...

Cat’s Meow: Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Behavior and Cognition in Adults With Dementia

Researchers tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia. Mood and behavioral symptoms ...

Cat Bacteria Treats Mouse Skin Infection, May Help You and Your Pets as Well

Researchers identify a strain of bacteria on healthy cats that produces antibiotics against severe skin infections. The findings may soon lead to new bacteriotherapies for humans and their pets, ...

New Active Agent Against Parasites

Researchers have identified a chemical compound that may be suitable as an active agent against several different unicellular parasites. Among these are the pathogens that cause malaria and ...

Ecology of Fishing Jaguars: Rare Social Interactions

Scientists have gained new insights into the diet, population density and social interactions of a group of Brazilian ...

Man's Best Friend Could Be a Jaguar's Next Meal: A Case Study from the Mexican Caribbean

Events of jaguars predating on and attacking dogs are poorly documented throughout the Americas. Researchers from Mexico and Germany report in detail jaguar attacks on 20 dogs at a tourist site in ...

Cats' Whiskers Reveal Felines Favor Free Lunch

Domestic cats that regularly catch wild animals still get most of their nutrition from food provided at home, new research ...

25-Million-Year-Old Ancient Eagle Ruled the Roost in Australia

A 25-million-year-old eagle fossil found in South Australia adds to the long evolutionary history of raptors in ...

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