By investigating regeneration in planarian flatworms, Whitehead Institute researchers have identified a mechanism — involving the interplay of two wound-induced genes — by which the animal can distinguish between wounds that require regeneration and those that do not. Because the genes identified in this study …

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, and the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health announced a new strategy to identify the total number of wildlife viruses that could potentially cause …

Scientists estimate that there is a minimum of 320,000 viruses in mammals awaiting discovery. Collecting evidence of these viruses, or even a majority of them, they say, could provide information critical to early detection and mitigation of disease outbreaks in humans. This undertaking would cost …

New research suggests that trypophobia — a fear of holes — may occur as a result of a specific visual feature also found among various poisonous animals. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. …read more Source: …

Researchers have developed the first animal model simulating the eye complications associated with the thyroid condition Graves’ disease, a breakthrough that could pave the way for better treatments, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology. …read more Source: …

Republican lawmakers counting on Governor Christie’s coattails to carry them to another term this fall will face pressure from a deep-pocketed, coordinated campaign to break ranks with Christie over the issue of same-sex marriage. A coalition of national and New Jersey-based gay rights groups is …

Two priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark who were accused of molesting children have been stripped of their collars, according to church officials. In August, the archdiocese announced in its online newspaper that Horacio Daniel Medina and Richard J. Mieliwocki were no longer …

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