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Human antiviral 'GS-441524' shows great promise against infectious disease in cats

The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit to cats. Read more

New AI toolkit is the 'scientist that never sleeps'

Researchers have developed a new AI-driven platform that can analyze how pathogens infect our cells with the precision of a trained biologist. Read more

Climate change may destroy tiger's home

A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. Read more

Road proximity may boost songbird nest success in tropics

In the world's temperate regions, proximity to roads usually reduces the reproductive success of birds, thanks to predators that gravitate toward habitat edges. However, the factors affecting bird nest success are much less studied in the tropics -- so does this pattern hold true? New research Read more

Copy cats: When is a bobcat not a bobcat?

Biologists, who have publicly solicited images of wild cats for their research, have answered that question. Their recently published study explains how hard it can be when it comes to wildlife classification -- even experts have difficulty agreeing on whether a cat in a picture is a bobcat or a lyn Read more

Emerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections in cats

Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of important human infections, with potentially devastating global health and economic impacts. A 2008 paper in Nature described the emergence of no fewer than 335 infectious diseases in the global human population between 1940 and 2004. I Read more

Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival

A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked to the path of demographic transition -- for humans. Read more

Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert

Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and fo Read more

Skull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago. Read more

Roaming cats prey on their owners' minds

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers have found. Read more

Overweight dogs may live shorter lives

New research reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights. Read more

Genetics of California mountain lions: Research to inform future conservation

Mountain lions in California exhibited strong population genetic structure, and some California populations had extremely low levels of genetic diversity, with some exhibiting estimates as low as the endangered Florida panther. Read more

How catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy

Researchers have shed light on how catnip -- also known as catmint -- produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton abandon. Read more

Australian mammals at greatest risk from cats and foxes

New research has revealed which Australian mammals are most vulnerable to cats and foxes, and many much-loved potoroos, bandicoots and bettongs, as well as native rodents, are at the top of the list. Read more

Saber-toothed cats with oral injuries ate softer foods

Saber-toothed cats, the large felid predators that once roamed Southern California, may have eaten softer foods after suffering oral injuries, according to a new study. Microscopic damage patterns on teeth from fossilized cats show the injured predators transitioned to seeking softer prey, like fles Read more

How to feed a cat: Consensus statement to the veterinary community

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the AAFP Consensus Statement, 'Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing' and accompanying client brochure to the veterinary community. The Consensus Statement, publishe Read more

Genome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies

Fewer than 4,000 free-ranging tigers remain in the wild. Efforts to protect these remaining tigers have also been stymied by uncertainty about whether they represent six, five or only two subspecies. Now, researchers who've analyzed the complete genomes of 32 representative tiger specimens conf Read more

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