Tag Archives: ANIMALS

FREE-FLOATING CANCER CELLS ARE INFECTING CLAMS ON THE EAST COAST

Clams are threatened by predators who love seeing them served up on a plate drenched in butter and garlic, nestled in folds of fresh pasta–or splattered on a dock, if you happen to be a seagull. But a much more insidious threat to clams has emerged, in the form of cancer cells floating through the ocean.

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Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa

From Jaws to Finding Nemo, sharks are most often portrayed as ravenous eaters. But even for these fierce marine predators, sometimes the hunters become the hunted. Photos taken during a 2012 tourist trip in South Africa are the only known documentation of a seal going after and consuming mid-sized to large sharks, according to a study published online last week in the African Journal of Marine Sciences. The discovery not only reveals a previously hidden part of one species’ diet, it could also have important implications for our understanding of the food web in the open ocean.

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WOOLLY MAMMOTH DNA SUCCESSFULLY SPLICED INTO ELEPHANT CELLS

A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab at Harvard University successfully copied genes from frozen woolly mammoths and pasted them into the genome of an Asian elephant.

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