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Feline genetics helps identify first-ever domestication of cats, MU study finds

Feline genetics helps identify first-ever domestication of cats, MU study finds

picture: Cat see After Credit: University of Missouri COLUMBIA, Missouri — Nearly 10,000 years ago, humans settling the Fertile Crescent, the regions of the Middle East surrounding the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, first transitioned from hunter-gatherers to farmers. They have developed close ties to rodent-eating cats that conveniently served as ancient pest control in early …

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New space observatory helps solve mystery involving huge black holes

New space observatory helps solve mystery involving huge black holes

Most galaxies are built around huge black holes. While many of them are relatively docile, like the one at the center of our Milky Way, some are ferocious – gobbling up surrounding material and releasing huge jets of extremely bright high-energy particles far into space. Using data from the recently deployed Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer …

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New research helps better understand risks associated with prenatal Zika virus infections

New research helps better understand risks associated with prenatal Zika virus infections

About one-third of children born to mothers infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy have at least one abnormality consistent with congenital Zika syndrome in the first few years of life, new research shows. The findings – based on the pooled analysis of 13 studies looking at pediatric outcomes among more than 1,500 Zika virus-affected …

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