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Article ID: 713096

Owning a Dog Is Influenced by Our Genetic Make-Up

Uppsala University

A team of Swedish and British scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry.

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17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

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Article ID: 713097

Pet Talk: The Importance of Flea & Tick Control

Texas A&M University

Tick season is here and flea season is soon to follow. These pests don’t just annoy our cats and dogs, but they also serve as vectors that spread a large number of diseases between animals.

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17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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    16-May-2019 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712643

Mutation makes bulldogs and Norwich terriers more susceptible to breathing problems

PLOS

The discovery of a new mutation associated with breathing difficulties in popular dog breeds suggests that shortened skulls causing flat faces is not the only factor that contributes to the condition

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9-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712812

You Are What You Eat: How the Pursuit of Carbs Changed Mammals’ Genes and Saliva

University at Buffalo

A new study is providing insight into how the pursuit of starch may have driven evolutionary adaptations in mammals. The research, conducted on 46 mammal species, focuses on a biological compound called amylase, which is produced by humans and other animals to break down starch.

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14-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712271

UNH Researchers Discover New Strain of Canine Distemper in Wild Animals in NH, VT

University of New Hampshire

A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according to pathologists with the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of New Hampshire. No virus in this distinct subgroup of canine distemper virus has yet been reported in a domesticated dog.

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5-May-2019 7:30 AM EDT
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    1-May-2019 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 711874

Wolves More Prosocial than Pack Dogs in Touchscreen Experiment

PLOS

Findings support idea that dogs helping pack members is ancestral tendency, and not due to domestication

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24-Apr-2019 2:50 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712012

Study to Examine Impact of Therapy Animals on Children with Cancer

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Mary Jo Gilmer studies the impact animals can have on children with life-threatening conditions. She recently received a grant from nonprofit Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) for a pilot program investigating the health benefits of human-animal interactions (HAIs) in reducing suffering of children with cancer undergoing debilitating treatments.

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26-Apr-2019 4:30 PM EDT
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    8-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 710426

Study Shows Dogs Can Accurately Sniff Out Cancer in Blood

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A new study has shown that dogs can use their highly evolved sense of smell to pick out blood samples from people with cancer with almost 97 percent accuracy. The results could lead to new cancer-screening approaches that are inexpensive and accurate without being invasive.

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1-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT

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