Studying the visual recognition abilities of rodents

The visual process that allows humans to recognize the gender or emotional state of another person is very sophisticated. Until recently, only primates were believed able to perform such complex operations as object recognition. ...

New mouse viruses could aid hepatitis research

Newly discovered mouse viruses could pave the way for future progress in hepatitis research, enabling scientists to study human disease and vaccines in the ultimate lab animal. In a study to be published in mBio, the online ...

A new model to understand the supertasting phenomenon

Supertasting describes the ability to strongly detect food flavors such as bitter and sweet, and it can affect a person's food preferences. For example, supertasters are often averse to green vegetables because their bitter ...

Why bats, rats and cats store different amounts of fat

Animals differ in the amount of fat they carry around depending on their species, status and sex. However, the causes of much of this variation have been a mystery. The Bristol study shows that many differences can be understood ...

Scientists explore hormone evolution

(PhysOrg.com) -- New research techniques on animals living in the wild are helping scientists test long-held ideas about the role of hormones in survival, according to comments by Professor of Biology Jan Randall at the recent ...