The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease
Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~8 min
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Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
Dec. 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
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.
June 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
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