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Star-Nosed Mole Reveals Mysteries Of Touch And Pain Sensing Molecules
2013-01-31 12:23:49

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Located just about an inch above the human elbow is one of the most sensitive patches of skin on our body. An excess of nerve endings in this region means just a light pinch will have even those with the highest pain thresholds flinching and begging for mercy. But humans are not even in the running when it comes to hyper-sensitivity on the skin. Another mammal, the star-nosed mole (named for the star-shaped tip of its snout),...

2012-01-23 13:13:31

The blind Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) have not only lost their sight but have adapted to perpetual darkness by also losing their pigment (albinism) and having altered sleep patterns. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that the cavefish are an example of convergent evolution, with several populations repeatedly, and independently, losing their sight and pigmentation. The blind cavefish and the surface dwelling Mexican...

2011-04-08 13:13:16

Cave life is known to favor the evolution of a variety of traits, including blindness and loss of eyes, loss of pigmentation, and changes in metabolism and feeding behavior. Now researchers reporting online on April 7 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have added sleeplessness to that list. "Cave-adapted fish sleep less"”much less"”than closely related surface fish," said Richard Borowsky of New York University. "In some ways, their sleep phenotypes are similar to those...

2010-09-15 15:44:16

University of Maryland biologists show how evolutionary changes helped compensate for the loss of vision in Mexican blind cavefish University of Maryland biologists have identified how changes in both behavior and genetics led to the evolution of the Mexican blind cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) from its sighted, surface-dwelling ancestor. In research published in the August 12, 2010 online edition of the journal Current Biology, Professor William Jeffery, together with postdoctoral associates...

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2009-07-16 10:25:13

An east-German firm has found a solution for a wide variety of animals losing their sight from cataracts by implanting custom-made "contact lenses." It is an extremely delicate procedure that necessitates special training for veterinarians. S & V Technologies, a very small company founded by Bavarian chemist and entrepreneur Christine Kreiner, has now become a global leader in a highly specialized field. When the animal's vision has become completely impaired by the clouding of cataracts,...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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