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Browse the latest news and discoveries relating to animal research at UBC.

News feed of the latest animal research stories from UBC Media Relations.

UBC team developing oral insulin tablet sees breakthrough results

Aug 30, 2022

A team of University of British Columbia researchers working on developing oral insulin tablets as a replacement for daily insulin injections have made a game-changing discovery.

Researchers have discovered that insulin from the latest version of their oral tablets is absorbed by rats in the same way that injected insulin is.

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Canada ranks third worldwide in permeable landscapes for wildlife

Jun 02, 2022

Canada ranks third in the world for animal movement between protected areas, finds new UBC research.

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New nasal spray treats Delta variant infection in mice, indicating broad spectrum results

Mar 28, 2022

Researchers have shown a new compound delivered in a nasal spray is highly effective in preventing and treating COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant in mice.

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Bees are explosively ejaculating to death. A polystyrene cover could help stop it.

Feb 22, 2022

A simple polystyrene cover could help cool beehives during heat waves, preventing a grim outcome for male bees.

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Data from thousands of cameras confirms protected areas promote mammal diversity

Jan 27, 2022

A new University of British Columbia study offers new evidence that protected areas are effective at conserving wildlife.

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Sunflowers’ invisible colours help them attract bees and adapt to drought

Jan 18, 2022

It turns out sunflowers are more than just a pretty face: the ultraviolet colours of their flowers not only attract pollinators, but also help the plant regulate water loss, according to new UBC research.

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UBC releases 2020 animal research statistics

Dec 09, 2021

UBC’s summary of animals involved in research at the university in 2020 is now available.

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Domestic cats drive spread of Toxoplasma parasite to wildlife

Nov 10, 2021

New UBC research suggests free-roaming cats are likely to blame in the spread of the potentially deadly Toxoplasma gondii parasite to wildlife in densely populated urban areas.

The study—the first to analyze so many wildlife species over a global scale—also highlights how healthy ecosystems can protect against these types of pathogens.

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No apparent shortage of prey for southern resident killer whales in Canadian waters during summer

Oct 12, 2021

A statement from Dr. Andrew Trites from the Marine Mammal Research Unit

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Cancer chemotherapy drug reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice

Oct 05, 2021

A drug commonly used to treat cancer can restore memory and cognitive function in mice that display symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, new UBC research has found.

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