Obama’s Cancer Initiative and Animal Research

Obama’s Cancer Initiative and Animal Research

During his recent 2016 State of the Union Address, President Obama took aim at cancer. Promising to “make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” the President tapped Vice-President Biden to lead the national effort that will focus on immunotherapy, genomics, and combination therapies to “make a decade worth of advances in […]

Mosquito sex changes: not science fiction any more …

Mosquito sex changes: not science fiction any more …

It’s that time of year… mosquito season. Mosquitoes are responsible for quite a bit of disease spread, including yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and canine heartworm, just to name a few. In the case of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, the females are the problem – males don’t bite, and therefore won’t spread disease. So […]

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas are striking creatures, and just as fascinating. They are intelligent and live in complex societies. Hyena clans are ruled by an alpha female, and adult males rank lowest in social status, behind females and juveniles. Now, it seems that recent research shows that being low in the ranks can really stress animals out- in […]

Shelter dogs are helping endangered species!

Shelter dogs are helping endangered species!

Dogs helping scientists find tortoises, orcas and koalas? Is there anything man’s best friend CAN’T do? It’s pretty amazing to see the ways that dogs are helping us save endangered species, and now dogs are helping researchers determine population numbers of the Cross River gorilla. Unfortunately, the Cross River gorilla is so endangered that it […]

Migration Route Creates Unique Collaboration

Migration Route Creates Unique Collaboration

Wyoming biologists have found a mule deer migration route as long as any known in north america. Researchers from the University of Wyoming, along with conservation groups are working hard to keep this 150 mile route from Hoback Junction to Rock Springs Wyoming, known as the Red Desert to Hoback Migration clear and free of development.  […]

Treating Huntington’s Disease For the Next Generation

Treating Huntington’s Disease For the Next Generation

Genetic diseases are passed from parent to child; diseases like cancer, mental illness, Huntington’s disease and others. But what if there was a way to lessen the impact to your children? Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute are studying the possibility!! It’s all about epigenetics.   Epigenetics is studying the effect of how outside forces like […]

Toasting the Holidays?  Make it a Red!!

Toasting the Holidays? Make it a Red!!

A new study has just come out about the benefits of Resveratrol. Resveratrol is a plant protein that is produced in times stress like drought and ultraviolet radiation. The best known sources are grapes and cacao beans among other plants and the most familiar research has been the heart protective effects of red wine. Now […]