Non-human model systems allow us to enhance our understanding of disease mechanisms in many disorders. These models provide an invaluable tool in identifying targets for drug and therapeutic development for human use. The use of rodents (e.g., mouse and rats) and stem cell models is widely disseminated throughout Autism research, but what discoveries have the use of these allowed and how have they led to therapeutic treatments?
With such dramatic and rapid variation occurring in domestic species like dogs and pigs it could be assumed that the evolutionary rates in domestication are faster than those in the wild. But is this actually the case? Madeleine Geiger, author of a new study published in Frontiers in Zoology, explains her research investigating this.
Conservation of endangered species can often come into conflict with the lives of the indigenous people who live with them. In the Gulf of Venezuela, protected species of marine turtles are used for consumption and trade by the people living there who rely on them for their livelihoods. Research published in Marine Biodiversity Records takes a closer look at this difficult situation, talking to the indigenous people about the roles turtles play in their culture and makes suggestions to improve conservation efforts.
Editors of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology recently attended the 14th European Conference on Fungal Genetics in Haifa, Israel. We invited young scientists who presented excellent posters at the conference to tell us more about their research. In this blog, we hear from Jillian Romsdahl, Freek Appels and Sara Cea-Sánchez about their work.