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 scientist identifies a gene that controls thinness

May 21, 2020

Why can some people eat as much as they want, and still stay thin?

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Honey bees could help monitor fertility loss in insects due to climate change

Apr 27, 2020

New research from the University of British Columbia and North Carolina State University could help scientists track how climate change is impacting the birds and the bees… of honey bees.

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Speaking of Research: Statement in Support of the Global Research Community’s Efforts to End the COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 22, 2020

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Billions lost as illicit fisheries trade hurting nations who can afford it least

Feb 26, 2020

More than eight million to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $9 billion and $17 billion in trade each year, according to new UBC research.

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Got a moody teenager? Cows can relate

Feb 12, 2020

Dairy cattle undergo personality changes during puberty much like humans do, according to new UBC research published this week in the Royal Society Open Science. While cattle’s personality traits are distinct and consistent at a young age and during a

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How do men and women store fat differently? Ask the fruit fly.

Jan 27, 2020

When it comes to determining how women and men store fat differently, it turns out fruit flies may hold the key.

People and fruit flies are astonishingly alike genetically. In fact, nearly 75 per cent of disease-causing genes in humans can be found in the fly in a similar form.

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UBC releases 2018 animal research statistics

Dec 18, 2019

UBC’s summary of animals involved in research at the university in 2018 is now available (

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UBC Support for Professor Emerita Joanne Weinberg’s Research

Nov 19, 2019

Dr. Weinberg’s research is focused on reducing the devastating impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other adverse early life experiences on brain, biological and immune system development.

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UBC expert immobilizes tiny structures linked to metastatic breast cancer

Nov 06, 2019

Although breast cancer treatment has made great strides, around 5,000 Canadian women are still expected to succumb to the disease in 2019 alone. And it’s not the breast tumour that will kill them; it’s the spread of the cancer cells to other sites—a process called metastasis.

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Aerial drones offer new perspective on resident killer whale behaviour

Nov 04, 2019

Scientists at the University of British Columbia are getting a rare glimpse into the underwater behaviour of northern and southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast with the help of aerial drones.

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