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Male lyrebirds snare mates with ‘acoustic illusion’

Researchers discover that Australia’s superb lyrebird males imitate the panicked alarm calls of a mixed-species flock of birds while they are courting and even while mating with a female.

Wildlife regulation, ‘one health’ keys to avert more pandemics

Future pandemics can be averted if the world’s governments eliminate unnecessary wildlife trade and adopt holistic approaches, according to experts at a Feb. 23 virtual conference.

USDA grant seeks to enhance milk production and cow health

An animal scientist studying relationships between insulin and milk production in dairy cows has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Students’ vaccine videos go viral

Doctoral students Rob Swanda and Juliana González-Tobón have taken the internet by storm with their videos that take some of the mystery out of the COVID-19 vaccines.

‘Jumping genes’ repeatedly form new genes over evolution

New research from the lab of Cedric Feschotte in CALS investigates how genetic elements called transposons, or “jumping genes,” are added into the mix during evolution to assemble new genes.

Study finds ‘Achilles’ heel’ of Crohn’s-linked bacteria

The discovery of an “Achilles’ heel” in a type of gut bacteria that causes intestinal inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease may lead to more targeted therapies for the difficult-to-treat disease, researchers have found.

Study finds even the common House Sparrow is declining

Those familiar parking lot, french-fry birds are not doing so well. A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology finds even the ubiquitous House Sparrow is declining.

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CRISPR improves method for studying gene functions

A new paper describes a technique that uses CRISPR gene editing technology to study gene functions and development.

Starling success traced to rapid adaptation

A new study examines what happened at the genetic level as the nonnative starling population exploded from just 80 birds in 1890, to a peak of 200 million breeding adults in North America.