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

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

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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Innovative coating for blood vessels reduces rejection of transplanted organs

Aug 09, 2021

Researchers have found a way to reduce organ rejection following a transplant by using a special polymer to coat blood vessels on the organ to be transplanted.

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Surprising insights into the migration pattern of world’s farthest-migrating species

Aug 05, 2021

The Arctic tern—which has the world record for the longest annual migration—uses just a few select routes, a key finding that could help efforts to conserve the species, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

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Physical fitness of wild Pacific sockeye salmon unaffected by PRV

Jul 13, 2021

The respiratory performance of wild Pacific sockeye salmon functions normally even when infected with piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), according to a new study released today.

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A planet without apes? New research highlights danger to gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in shifting habitats

Jun 07, 2021

Globally, great ape populations and their habitats have drastically declined in recent history. New analysis published today reveals that if the pressures on their habitat remain unchecked, Africa’s great apes could lose between 85 per cent and 94 per cent of their range by the year 2050.

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Salmon virus originally from the Atlantic, spread to B.C. wild salmon from farms: Study

May 26, 2021

Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) – which is associated with kidney and liver damage in Chinook salmon – is continually being transmitted between open-net salmon farms and wild juvenile Chinook salmon in British Columbia waters, according to a new genomics analysis published today in Science

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Female salmon are dying at higher rates than male salmon

Mar 24, 2021

Female adult sockeye from the Fraser River are dying at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts on the journey back to their spawning grounds, finds new UBC research.

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UBC releases 2019 animal research statistics

Nov 17, 2020

UBC’s summary of animals involved in research at the university in 2019 is now available.

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