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

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

Cardiorespiratory fitness of farmed Atlantic salmon unaffected by virus

Mar 13, 2019

The respiratory systems of Atlantic salmon function normally even when carrying large loads of piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), new UBC research has found.

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Honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Mar 11, 2019

Honey from urban bees can tell us how clean a city is and help pinpoint the sources of environmental pollutants such as lead, new University of British Columbia research has found.

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New protein “switch” could be key to controlling blood-poisoning and preventing death

Feb 25, 2019

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a new protein “switch” that could stop the progression of blood-poisoning, or sepsis, and increase the chances of surviving the life-threatening disease.

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UBC researchers discover how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation

Feb 21, 2019

Findings could lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases 

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

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Mega experiment shows species interact more towards tropics and lowlands

Feb 20, 2019

One of the largest field experiments ever conducted is providing the best evidence yet in support of a key Darwinian theory—that interactions between species are stronger toward the tropics and at lower elevations.

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Fish chemical cocktail reveals how a single gene may alter an aquatic ecosystem

Feb 06, 2019

Linking genomics, evolution and ecology, study reveals broad implications of how species adapt to their local environment

Variations in a single gene in tiny stickleback fish alter how they interact with their environment and potentially trigger changes across an ecosystem, a new study from the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania finds.

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UBC releases 2017 animal research statistics

Dec 13, 2018

The University of British Columbia’s summary of animals involved in research at the university in 2017 is now posted online here as part of UBC’s overall commitment to openness and transparency.

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Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world

Dec 06, 2018

Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources, new research from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.

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Dairy calves’ personalities predict their ability to cope with stress

Dec 04, 2018

A UBC study published earlier this year found that dairy calves have distinct personality traits from a very young age.

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Newly discovered wasp turns social spiders into zombies

Nov 27, 2018

It sounds like the plot of the world’s tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a “social” spider into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp’s bidding.

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