Monthly Archives: November 2014

How can tagging a hammerhead shark help save the species?

Researcher releasing a tagged hammerhead shark

Hammerhead sharks, which recently received new protections from the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, have suffered drastic population declines in excess of 90% in some parts of the world. In the Gulf of California, Mexico particularly, scalloped hammerheads are susceptible to being caught by fishing nets while moving into… Read more »


The long-lasting impact of El Niño on child growth in Peru


A study published today in Climate Change Responses explains how the El Niño can stunt children’s growth. Heather Danysh, is a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health and an author of this study. In this guest post, she explains what El Nino is and the affect of climate… Read more »


Sealed with a kiss – and 80 million oral bacteria


Christmas seems to come earlier each year. Our thoughts turn to the exchange of gifts, time with family and friends and the inevitable office party. But you may find that you exchange more than a secret santa gift this year. A drunken kiss with a colleague could leave you with many million of their oral… Read more »


Chemical sterilization: A safe alternative for dogs?


Could chemical sterilization be an affordable solution to keeping stray dog populations under control? Raffaella Leoci, DVM, PhD, is a researcher at the University Bari Aldo Moro in Italy and a specialist in pet reproduction. She is the lead author of two articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica on chemical sterilization of dogs using calcium… Read more »


Molecular and Evolutionary Oncology Meeting in Saint Petersburg

The international conference on Molecular and Evolutionary Oncology has been held in Saint Petersburg on 5-6 November, 2014. The meeting gathered Russian scientists (along with colleagues from Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands and US) involved in this very innovative research field focused on the discovery of new genes developed as results of evolutionary genetic processes. Such… Read more »