Latest Susan Alberts Stories

2011-03-10 14:19:54

Chimpanzees, gorillas and other primate, including humans, share similar aging rates and mortality gender gap A new study says chimps, gorillas and other primates grow old gracefully much like humans. The findings come from the first-ever multi-species comparison of primate aging patterns reported in the March 11 issue of Science. It was long thought that humans, who have relatively long life spans, age more slowly than other animals. But new research funded by the National Science...

2010-12-02 07:48:55

What sets mankind's closest relatives "” monkeys, apes, and other primates "” apart from other animals? According to a new study, one answer is that primates are less susceptible to the seasonal ups and downs "” particularly rainfall"” that take their toll on other animals. The findings may also help explain the evolutionary success of early humans, scientists say. The study appeared online in the November 30 issue of American Naturalist. "Wild animals deal with a...

2009-06-30 15:34:29

U.S. genetic scientists say they've found variation in the same gene in humans and baboons produces the same kind of resistance to a malaria-like parasite. Researchers at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, led by Gregory Wray, Susan Alberts and Jenny Tung, examined yellow baboons in Kenya's Amboseli National Park during three summers to determine their susceptibility to the parasite and to delve into the genetic basis for differences in the baboons' vulnerability...

2009-06-24 13:05:00

Evolutionarily speaking, baboons may be our more distant cousins among primates. But when it comes to our experiences with malaria over the course of time, it seems the stories of our two species have followed very similar plots.In humans, subtle variation in one particular gene that controls whether a protein on the surface of red blood cells gets made or not literally spells the difference between susceptibility or resistance to one form of malaria. That's because the blood protein serves...

2009-06-17 07:45:00

Some male and female baboons engage in strictly platonic, sexless relationships.  Male companionship comes in handy to females and their infants, as other baboons tend to pester less when female company is shared by their favorite male buddy.  However, it remains a mind-boggling topic for scientists to understand why the males opt to be platonic friends.  BBC News gave account to the study that explores baboon relationships, which was published in Behavioral Sociobiology and...

2008-02-05 00:50:00

A report in Monday's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found female baboons that were raised with their fathers were noted to have matured earlier and experienced a longer reproductive life than other baboons.The study looked at groups of yellow baboons living near Kenya's Mt. Kilimanjaro, where both males and females have several partners.Susan Alberts, an associate professor of biology at Duke University said that the level of care by males had previously not...

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