Are cats really to blame for the worldwide loss of biodiversity?
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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.
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One vet suggested bushfire smoke had killed the smoky mouse – and asked, in a nod to the species' name, if this was a case of "death by irony".
Ticks can carry bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
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Researchers are developing a seasonal shot that blocks Lyme disease-causing bacteria from a tick.
Caribbean spiny lobsters normally live in groups, but healthy lobsters avoid members of their own species if they are infected with a deadly virus.
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
Middlebury Assistant Professor David Allen prepares to inspect a piece of canvas dragged through the forest to collect ticks.
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A tick expert explains his work trying to understand why the abundance of the parasites vary so much from location to location and year to year.
Nearly 20 years ago, Bill Clinton said that sequencing the human genome would give us a "new power to heal".
New mouse model study sheds light on why alcohol is so harmful.
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Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
Gene drives aim to deliberately spread bad genes when invasive species such as mice reproduce.
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Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
Neural stem cells that have been transplanted into a mouse brain, here developing into neurons.
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A study in mice shows that transplantation of healthy stem cells into the brain's hypothalamus can boost lifespan considerably.
Animals that group together to fight off evolutionary pressure may actually evolve faster.
Mice can slow the wheel of ageing almost at will. Humans, not so much.
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Anti-ageing research often uses short-lived model species such as mice. But these species age in a very different way to us, so they may not tell us all that much about boosting our own lifespans.
Grey Mouse Lemurs enter torpor to conserve water.
Climate change has an impact on small mammals and some battle to survive. But some others have developed intriguing coping mechanisms to survive.
Injectable progestin contraceptives are particularly popular in sub-Saharan Africa.
Studies have suggested that women using a particular kind of injectable contraceptive are more susceptible to HIV infection. Research in mice offers new insights.
We all know that stress can wreak havoc on your health but what does it do to your genes?
I’ll have a clean cage with a side of fertility issues.
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Hot v cold.
At low temperatures the human body has a hard time. As the cold sets in, blood vessels constrict to maintain heat and some body parts – like fingers and toes – begin to suffer. Metabolism ramps up to fight…