Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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A Lyme disease vaccine doesn't exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection

Researchers are developing a seasonal shot that blocks Lyme disease-causing bacteria from a tick.

Mark Klempner, Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice Chancellor for MassBiologics, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

 evolution  covid-19  mice  colonies  animals  social-distancing  isolation  coronavirus-2020  altruism  bats  animal-behavior  ants  contagion  monkeys

Social lab mice would be better stand-ins for people

"Normally when we do these studies, we isolate the animals for their entire lives. This is not a good model for humans..."

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 31, 2019 ~5 min

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Ticks aren’t the only critter to spread Lyme disease

The genome of the white-footed mouse could offer new approaches to stemming the spread of Lyme disease, say researchers.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
July 29, 2019 ~5 min

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Gene-editing tool prevents hearing loss in mice with hereditary deafness

Scientists have used an optimized version of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to prevent hearing loss in so-called Beethoven mice, which carry a genetic mutation that causes profound hearing loss in humans and mice alike.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
July 3, 2019 ~12 min

 science-technology  blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school  beethoven-mice  deafness  gene-editing-tool  hearing-loss

1 part of the brain connects sound and action in mice

Researchers have known about the path that sound takes through the mouse brain, but not how sound influences behavior. Now they've figured it out.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 23, 2019 ~4 min

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Harvard study captures clear picture of how evolution works in vertebrates

A study in which mice were released into outdoor enclosures to track how light- and dark-colored specimens survived confirms that mice survive better in similarly colored habitats, providing insights into evolution.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 8, 2019 ~8 min

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Harvard study captures clear picture of how evolution works in vertebrates

A study in which mice were released into outdoor enclosures to track how light- and dark-colored specimens survived confirms that mice survive better in similarly colored habitats, providing insights into evolution.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 8, 2019 ~8 min

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ÖSYM • osym •
April 2, 2017 ~2 min

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