Creature feature

  • Creature Feature: African eye worm (Loa loa)

    Leah Eisenstadt, April 25th, 2013 | Filed under

    The human microbiome project revealed the vast numbers and types of microbes that live on and in the human body. While this thought may be unpleasant, humans can have larger, more gruesome passengers hitching a ride, such as the several-centimeter-long nematode Loa loa, which infects millions of people in Western and Central Africa.

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  • Creature feature: Green anole lizard

    Haley Bridger, August 31st, 2011 | Filed under

    Usually, I'm disappointed when I email someone and immediately get an out-of-office message back, but this reply, from Harvard professor Jonathan Losos, made my day:

    "I'm wrangling lizards in Ecuador. In the mountains, where it's cool. Back in my office August 24. If you don't hear from me by then, you might try me again."

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  • In memory of Taj the elephant

    Alice McCarthy, January 19th, 2011 | Filed under

    I saw a mention today that the purported oldest elephant in North America died yesterday at the age of 71. Taj, who resided at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, was an Asian elephant - a smaller elephant compared with the African savannah elephant, Loxodonta africana. Aside from being long-lived, Taj also appears to have had an artist's sense creating paintings sold for charity.

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  • Creature Feature: Ferrets

    Haley Bridger, January 10th, 2011 | Filed under

    Ferrets sneeze – just like we do. The way that ferrets shed viruses from their lungs is very similar to the way that humans do, which makes them a great model for studying respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, SARS, cystic fibrosis, and the flu. Researchers also use ferrets to study lung cancer, brain development, and reproductive biology. But until now, the ferret’s genome has remained a mystery.

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  • Elegant science from the lowly roundworm

    Ellen Clegg, October 26th, 2010 | Filed under

    Ignore the ick factor, for a moment, and consider the lowly roundworm.

    Also known by its more formal name, Caenorhabditis elegans, the 1 millimeter-long nematode has helped scientists all over the world uncover new insights about biology and genetics since the 1960s.

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