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Despite – or perhaps because of – their large size, swans seem particularly prone to injury. Known problems include collisions with cars, lead poisoning due to gunshot wounds or ingested foreign bodies and injuries from fishing hooks.
Individuals in some species learn information about food, predators, and potential mates indirectly from conspecifics, without taking unnecessary risks by learning directly for themselves (‘social learning’).
Dr. Claudia Bieber from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and fellow scientists analysed a capture-recapture data set on common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) to investigate the life-history strategy of this species.
Although people generally talk about "cancer", it is clear that the disease occurs in a bewildering variety of forms.
Many living organisms suffer from parasites, which use the hosts’ resources for their own purposes. The problem of parasitism occurs at all levels right down to the DNA scale.
About one in five or six cases of adult leukemia in Western populations relates to so-called chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML.
It comes as a surprise to many that male house mice produce melodious songs to attract mates.
There is an increasing trend towards nimbyism – people welcome developments in principle, so long as they are “not in my back yard”.
For handball players, ankle sprains are just part of life.
Not so long ago it was the work of many years to sequence the genome of a single organism: the human genome project, for example, took many laboratories a total of 13 years to complete.
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