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Dog Owner Homes Host Many More Bacteria Species
2013-05-23 11:48:16

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Man´s best friend could be his immune system´s worst enemy, suggests a new report in the journal PLOS ONE. Or maybe not. According to a recently published study from researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, people who live with a pet dog harbor more types of bacteria in their homes than those who do not — and that includes species of bacteria that are rarely found in...

2010-04-16 09:19:34

If your home region has a hot, wet climate and a lot of different kinds of birds and mammals living in it, there's a really good chance the region will also contain numerous kinds of pathogens that cause human diseases. A new study examining the geography of human disease, led by Dr. Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University alongside an international team of biologists and social scientists, shows that that one can predict the number of kinds of disease-causing pathogens in a region just...

2009-06-03 12:27:36

U.S. scientists are warning of the possible consequences of coextinctions -- the loss of a species as well as the parasites or mutualists that depend on it. North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues said mathematical models suggest coextinctions are very common, yet there have been few reported cases of coextinction in scientific literature. Since the diversity of parasitic or affiliated species -- which may include viruses, ticks, lice and bacteria "¦ but also...

2009-06-01 15:05:00

Hands wring and teeth gnash over the loss of endangered species like the panda or the polar bear. But what happens to the parasites hosted by endangered species? And although most people would side with the panda over the parasite, which group should we worry about more?In a new paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues examine the concept of coextinction, or the domino effect of extinctions caused by species loss....


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.