Category Archives: Ecology

Magnificently Mathematical Mussels

Despite the ease with which mussels can be cooked and eaten with chips, harvesting these tiny shelled bivalves from the seashore requires a certain amount of industrious prising. That’s because mussels use multiple thin byssus threads to securely fasten themselves … Continue reading

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Ivory DNA sequencing tracks elephant poaching hotspots

The illicit trade in elephant ivory has been a ridiculous problem since the 1980’s, when Asian and African elephants were decimated to such a level that they made it onto Appendix One (“most endangered species”) of CITES. While all trade … Continue reading

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Antibiotics hit your gut microbes hard

These days, most doctor’s are acutely aware of the problems of overprescribing antibiotics. Historically given as more of a placatory gesture – ‘I have to prescribe something, else this patient will think I’m an incompetent buffoon’ – their overuse almost … Continue reading

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Forensic evidence links badgers and cows in British tuberculosis infections

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious disease that threatens the health of livestock, wildlife, and the agricultural economy, particularly in the United Kingdom. Although every cow in the UK is subjected to a yearly bTB test, with those testing positive … Continue reading

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A Doctor Who Approach to Bird Evolution

Any Doctor Who fan will tell you that the ability to move through both space and time is a fundamental part of any Time Lord’s lifestyle. Researcher’s from the USA, UK, Canada and Australia applied a similar concept to the … Continue reading

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