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Researchers Sequence Endangered Aye-Aye Lemur Genome
2013-03-25 18:40:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of American and Canadian scientists has announced the complete genomic sequencing of three populations of aye-ayes, which is being considered a major victory in the battle to save the unique lemurs. Found only on Madagascar, the aye-aye was recently was classified as "Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). "The aye-aye is one of the world's most unusual and fascinating animals,"...

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2005-04-10 08:38:12

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The world's first test tube gorilla is not bonding with her new daughter, zoo officials said Saturday. Timu, a 9-year-old Western lowland gorilla, took care of her newborn for a few hours after Friday's birth, but then lost interest, said Dr. Lee Simmons, director of the Henry Doorly Zoo. Timu was hand-raised, which makes it hard for her to bond with her offspring, Simmons said. The baby will be hand-raised and given to a surrogate gorilla mother in hopes that Timu will...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'