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2013-04-23 22:28:13

Discoveries may offer insights into the management of some human health disorders A group of 50 researchers from around the globe, including biology professors Daniel Warren, Ph.D., from Saint Louis University and Leslie Buck, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, have spent the last several years sequencing and analyzing the genome of the western painted turtle and the results of their research point to some important conclusions that may be important for human health. The western...

Unraveling The Bizarre Features Of The Turtle Genome
2013-03-28 07:05:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is one of the most widespread species of turtle in North America. This creature is found in fresh, slow-moving waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And because this species has been widely studied, it only makes sense for researchers to sequence its genome, and that they´ve done. Publishing the work in this week´s Genome...

River Turtle Population Suffers Decades After Harvesting
2012-09-26 14:34:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recently published study by researchers from the University of Florida has shown how the river-dwelling northern map turtles have struggled to rebuild their populations since an unfortunate era of harvesting in the 1970´s. A previous study of the northern map turtle, which can be found in river systems from Arkansas to Quebec, was compiled by Max Nickerson of the Florida Museum of Natural History. As curator of herpetology,...

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2011-07-08 13:20:00

Researchers have discovered the population of pig-nosed turtles has declined over the past 30 years. The turtles have become an international conservation icon, due to it having no close relatives and being considered the turtle most adapted to life underwater in freshwater ponds and rivers. The reptile faces a threat in Papua New Guinea because of a high demand for its eggs. "Pig-nosed turtles are considered unique and unusual among freshwater species of turtles in many facets of...

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2008-11-07 14:46:02

Turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures, says a researcher from Iowa State University. Fred Janzen, a professor in ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has studied turtle nesting habits and also accumulated research going back decades in order to track the habits of the turtles to find out when they make nests and lay eggs. "The results have been astonishing," says Janzen. "In some cases such as...


Latest Painted Turtle Reference Libraries

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2006-12-26 15:37:09

The Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, is a reptile common to North America. It is a water turtle related to other water turtles such as sliders and cooters. It lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. This turtle spends most of its time in the water but often lies on floating logs in the sun, or on rocks by the shore. During the colder months it will hibernate, burying itself for months in the mud beneath streams and ponds. The mud acts as an...

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