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Aedes aegypti: Rise of a super-vector

There are approximately 3,500 known mosquito species out there, but contrary to common belief, the ability to transmit viruses to humans is the privilege of only a few of them. Among this very private club, Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, is... click to read more

  • Fabien Aubry | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Louis Lambrechts | Research Director at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 2, 2021
How did wild cats turn into our beloved domestic animals?

How cats – one of our favorite domestic animals – historically turned to live with us remains mysterious. The relationships between humans and housecats' common ancestor, the Near Eastern wildcat, begun as early as a rise of farming over 9,000 years ago, but it took... click to read more

  • Magdalena Krajcarz | Assistant Professor at Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Toruń, Poland
  • Maciej Krajcarz | Associate Professor at Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 19, 2021
How almonds became sweet

Salads, vegan milk, yogurt, marzipan - all these products contain healthy sweet almonds. The almond ancestor, which still grows in the wild, carries bitter almonds. Consumption of its bitter kernels can be lethal to us and to wild herbivores. The bitterness comes from the presence... click to read more

  • Raquel Sánchez-Pérez | Senior Research Scientist at Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, Espinardo, Spain
  • Birger Lindberg Møller | Professor at VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 9730
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 7, 2020
How the domestic rabbit became fearless

The domestication of animals progresses gradually as wild animals' genomes evolve and they adapt to life in captivity. Such genetic changes may manifest themselves in how an animal looks, behaves, functions and reproduces. The most striking of these modifications is tameness, - a common feature... click to read more

  • Leif Andersson | Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Irene Brusini | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Miguel Carneiro | Researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
  • Mats Fredrikson | Professor at Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chunliang Wang | Researcher at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 18, 2018
Fair or unfair? The infinite patience of domestic dogs

It is likely not surprising to anyone reading this that humans have a strong sense of fairness. We recognize and respond to inequities from a very young age, and we continue to strive for equity throughout our lives. Though many may consider this a uniquely... click to read more

  • Jenny Essler | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Messerli - Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 12, 2018