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A World Without Rinderpest

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Cummings School’s Jeffrey Mariner, who played a key role in eradicating the devastating cattle plague from the wild, weighs in on an effort to destroy laboratory samples of the virus

Giraffes Under Parasitic Attack?

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Besides their graceful long necks and legs, giraffes are most recognizable by their distinctive spots. Now conservationists are concerned about a different sort of spots on giraffes, made up of dead tissue and crusty sores that ooze blood or pus.

New medicine could be a game-changer for people, pets with diabetes

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Boston 25 News Dr. Orla Mahony spoke with Boston 25 News (Fox affiliated channel) about a new potentially game-changing clinical trial for diabetic dogs that provides an ultra-long lasting insulin shot. Watch the clip here: https://www.boston25news.com/news/new-medicine-could-be-a-game-changer-for-people-pets-with-diabetes/953475285

Backyard Chickens and the Risk of Lead Exposure

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Urban dwellers need to take precautions to prevent their egg layers from bringing the heavy metal into the food chain
When Teresa McGowan and her husband first bought their Somerville, Massachusetts, home in 2004, one of the first things they did was test the soil in their yard for lead. It was a recommendation from local gardeners, who knew that produce grown in contaminated soil can be dangerous.

Research has shown that lead is a potent neurotoxin, associated with reduced IQ, attention-related behavior problems, and poor academic achievement in children exposed to it through food or environmental factors.

Seal of Approval

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Diverse stakeholders in Nantucket agreed that the health of the ecosystem is top priority when it comes to the management of seals.

Swimming with Sharks

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A Cummings School alum helps us better understand sharks—for their safety and ours—through photography and research.

A Chicken and Egg Problem

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Urban dwellers looking to raise backyard chickens must take precautions to prevent lead exposure.