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  • Dogs could be more similar to humans than we thought
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than we previously thought, according to a new study […]

  • How tumors caused by STD quickly regress in dogs
    on April 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    The canine transmissible venereal tumor is a contagious cancer that has spread by mating among dogs worldwide. One unique feature of this cancer is that, for unclear reasons, it regresses spontaneously or a few weeks after a single treatment of radiotherapy or chemotherapy. A study shines a light on this mystery, revealing a key role for the immune system in triggering fast cancer rejection in chemotherapy-treated dogs. […]

  • Freezing breakthrough offers hope for African wild dogs
    on April 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Researchers in Australia have helped develop a new way to save endangered African wild dogs. […]

  • Enhanced therapeutic vaccine platform achieves 2 proof-of-concepts in veterinary medical use
    on April 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Chronic allergic diseases of dogs and horses can now be treated with an innovative vaccine. The findings obtained in horses and dogs could lead to similar therapeutic vaccines for humans. […]

  • Why are whales so big?
    on March 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Examining body sizes of ancient and modern aquatic mammals and their terrestrial counterparts reveals that life in water restricts mammals to a narrow range of body sizes -- big enough to stay warm, but not so big they can't find enough food. […]

  • Genetic cause of deadly skin condition afflicting bull terriers discovered
    on March 22, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Researchers report the discovery of a mutation that causes lethal acrodermatitis (LAD), a deadly condition that causes skin lesions on the paws and face of affected dogs. […]

  • New genetic research shows extent of cross-breeding between wild wolves and domestic dogs
    on March 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    An international study has shown that mating between domesticated dogs and wild wolves over hundreds of years has left a genetic mark on the wolf gene pool. […]

  • Dogs with noise sensitivity should be routinely assessed for pain by vets
    on March 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Dogs which show fear or anxiety when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians, according to new research. Researchers believe that pain, which could be undiagnosed, could be exacerbated when a noise makes the dogs tense up or 'start', putting extra stress on muscles or joints which are already inflamed leading to and associated with a loud or startling noise. […]

  • First evidence of live-traded dogs for Maya ceremonies
    on March 19, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Earliest evidence that Mayas raised and traded dogs and other animals -- probably for ceremonies -- from Ceibal, Guatemala. […]

  • Mice change their appearance as a result of frequent exposure to humans
    on March 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Many tame domesticated animals have a different appearance compared to their relatives in the wild, for example white patches in their fur or shorter snouts. Researchers have now for the first time shown that wild house mice develop the same visible changes -- without selection, as a result of exposure to humans alone. […]

  • Sit, stay, heal: Study finds therapy dogs help stressed university students
    on March 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Therapy dog sessions for stressed-out students are an increasingly popular offering at North American universities. Now, new research confirms that some doggy one-on-one time really can do the trick of boosting student wellness. […]

  • Super sniffer: Dog's nose inspires new gas sensor materials
    on March 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    It is well known that dogs have a better sense of smell than humans. For years, researchers have been trying to develop an artificial detector that is just as good as a canine's nose. Now, one group reports that they were able to mimic a dog's sniffer with graphene-based nanoscrolls. […]

  • How cats and dogs are consuming and processing parabens
    on March 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Many households can claim at least one four-legged friend as part of the family. But pets that primarily stay indoors can have increased rates of diseases, such as diabetes, kidney diseases and hypothyroidism compared with those that stay exclusively outside. Some scientists propose that chemical substances in the home could contribute to these illnesses. […]

  • Who's a good boy? Why 'dog-speak' is important for bonding with your pet
    on March 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Scientists have shown that the way we speak to our canine friends is important in relationship-building between pet and owner, similar to the way that 'baby-talk' is to bonding between a baby and an adult. […]

  • Ball or stuffed toy -- Do dogs 'know' what they're smelling?
    on March 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Dogs' excellent sense of smell is well-known, whether it is in the context of searching for people or for contraband substances. However, the question of how dogs understand what they perceive with their sense of smell has largely been unexplored. Scientists have now found evidence that dogs create a 'mental representation' of the target when they track a scent trail. […]

  • How are we related? Easy workflow to find gene families
    on March 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Researchers have released 'GeneSeqToFamily', an open-source Galaxy workflow that helps scientists to find gene families based on the powerful 'EnsemblCompara GeneTrees' pipeline. […]

  • Number of people killed by animals each year in the US remains unchanged
    on February 28, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Bites, kicks, and stings from farm animals, bees, wasps, hornets, and dogs continue to represent the most danger to humans, according to a new study. […]

  • Voice control: Why North Atlantic right whales change calls as they age
    on February 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Through extensive listening and analysis of whale calls -- which were recorded by a large collaboration of scientists over the past two decades -- researchers were able to pick up the slow gradual changes in sound production in the marine giants as they age. Looking at spectrograms of the calls, which provide visual representations of the sound, the research team could see the progression of vocal characteristics of the animals from calf throughout adulthood. […]

  • Proof-of-concept study reveals feasibility of eliminating rabies in Africa
    on February 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Scientists have carried out a mass dog vaccination in Chad and determined its effect on human rabies exposure. The study employed a bio-mathematical method for estimating the transmission dynamics of rabies. The researchers conclude that with political will and the necessary funding, elimination of rabies is possible in Africa. […]

  • Cracking the genetic code for complex traits in cattle
    on February 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    The global 1000 Bull Genomes Consortium identified the genetic basis for accurately predicting the complex trait of height across cattle and dairy breeds by pooling large genomic datasets and phenotypes collected from 58,000 cattle. The team validated their findings using the DNA of a wild auroch, the ancient ancestor to all cattle and dairy breeds, and, in a world first, demonstrated the genes influencing height in cattle also influence the trait in humans and dogs. […]


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