Cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) have very large, powerful eyes and when light enters their eye, it comes in contact with a molecule called opsins that starts a reaction and send signals from the eye to the brain. A new research project is showing that cephalopods have these same molecules

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Earlier this week, four cancer charities were named as “sham charities” by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for improperly using 187 million dollars in donations that were supposed to go toward services for cancer patients.  According to news reports, the executives of these charities used all but 3% of these

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Rodent to human zoonotic disease (diseases transmitted from animal to human) have been notable over the years; take the plague for instance.  Killing between 75 and 200 million people in Europe in the mid 1300's, it took decades for Europe's population to recover. So what if the Black Death was somehow

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Recently, I spoke at a conference in Ames, Iowa.  While in Ames, I took the opportunity to get a tour of the National Animal Disease Center, part of the National Centers for Animal Health, along with the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) and the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB). At the

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We all have naturally occurring bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract known as gut microbes. These microbes help aid digestion, help out the immune system and even play roles in disease prevention. Human medicine recognizes the importance and many varieties of gut microbes, but what about our feline friends? Well, scientists

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What if we could teach an infant's body to tolerate allergens, thus preventing allergies in that infant's life? Sounds far-fetched, but it's not anymore, thanks to recent study in mice. Researchers at Montreal Children's Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) gave an inhibitor peptide, STAT6-IP, to neonatal

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Millions of people suffer from asthma, a frightening disease that makes you feel like you're drowning. Using both mouse and human cells - and a humanized mouse to show how human type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) work in the body, researchers at Janssen Research and Development, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and

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The Bombardier Beetle has a pretty crazy defense mechanism: it creates an explosive chemical reaction in its abdomen, and propels a toxic spray from its back end that can reach a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius! And amazingly, this beetle may be able to provide inspiration to scientists in a

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