Study explores the species-specific use of ACE2 receptors by human and animal coronaviruses

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers assessed the ability of spike (S) proteins from 24 animal or human coronaviruses (CoVs) to utilize angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors across nine reservoirs of potential, intermediate, and human hosts. Study: Determinants of species-specific utilization of ACE2 by human and animal coronaviruses. Image Credit: MartinJanca/ *Important […]

Robotic bird created to study animal communication

17 February 2023 By BES Press Office A Human Frontiers in Science Program press release A collaborative team, funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program have developed a new hyper realistic robotic finch in order to study how songbirds learn their songs A zebra finch bird, as used in the study Published in Methods of […]

Montgomery County plans animal shelter study focused on easing overcrowding

Montgomery County is planning a study of its animal shelter to determine how it will move forward with the existing facility or build a new one. Commissioners agreed during a Dec. 13 meeting to add an assessment of the shelter to the county’s facilities master plan approved in March 2019. The study is being conducted […]

Animals’ Role in Forest Restoration Revealed by Study

As nations meet this week in Montreal on efforts to address an unprecedented loss of biodiversity — more than a million species are threatened with extinction — a new study published in The Royal Society journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B points to the unique and vital role animals play in reforestation. An […]

Scientists study ‘world’s oldest meal’ to learn about our animal ancestors

The “last meal” consumed by some of the earliest known animals has helped scientists discover new clues about some odd ancient creatures that are our animal ancestors, according to the Australian National University. Ediacaran biota, the lifeforms that were present on Earth during the Ediacaran period around 575 million years ago, are some of the […]

How Cats Respond to Catnip and Other Cat-Attracting Plants is Very Individual, Study Shows

New research shows that cats have an individual response to catnip and other cat-attracting plants like silvervine and that, unlike big cats, they don’t care for perfumes like Obsession for Men. A cat chews on a silvervine stick. Photo: Abigail Crawford. By Zazie Todd PhD This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn […]

Study identifies an animal model that shares many similarities with progressive MS

A new study from UCLA researchers identified an animal model that could be used to study treatments for improving disabilities in multiple sclerosis patients. Background Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease in which the immune system attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord. There are numerous treatments aimed at immune mechanisms […]

Study finds human presence in National Parks drastically alters animal behavior

I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of negligent National Park visitors approaching bison and elk in the hopes of snapping a close-up photo. Or perhaps you’ve read up on Yellowstone’s long history of bear feeding and its impact on the park’s animal behavior. Human interaction with animals has always been a point of contention with […]

Humans Have Wiped Out 70% Of Animal Populations Since 1970, Study Finds

There has been a huge human-driven loss of species in the last 50 years, new research has found.  The Living Planet Report, which is published every two years by the WWF and Zoological Society of London (ZSL), found that wildlife populations have declined by an average of 69 percent between 1970 and 2018. Two years […]

Microbot Medical Completes GLP Animal Study for the LIBERTY® Robotic System

HINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Microbot Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: MBOT) announced a significant development milestone as it completed the GLP animal study for the LIBERTY® Robotic System, the first disposable robotic system being developed for endovascular procedures. The study was performed by a team of seasoned Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in the […]

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