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Depression of either parent during pregnancy linked to premature birth

Depression in either of the expectant parents around the time of pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth, according to a new study published in… 448 more words

Research

Open spaces: A new species of fly from the Yukon

There’s a little genus of small, rare flies that live in bird nests. They’re called Neossos, and a few years ago one of my former undergraduate students, Gregor Gilbert, pulled together what was known about the taxonomy and ecology of… 728 more words

Diptera

Making Cross-Quarter Progress

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the cross-quarter! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the more extreme time of the recent solstice and the more balanced period of the coming equinox. 229 more words

Research & News

IVF failure linked to genetic pattern in the womb

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures have often been the answer to the prayers of many couples.  In IVF, the egg from the female and the sperm from the male is fertilized in the laboratory ( 459 more words

Healthcare

A Tale of Two Stem Cell Treatments for Growing New Bones

Got Milk?

If you grew up during the 90’s, you most certainly will remember the famous “Got Milk?” advertising campaign to boost milk consumption. The plug was that milk was an invaluable source of calcium, a mineral that’s essential for growing strong bones. 811 more words

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Imperiled Amazon freshwater ecosystems urgently need basin-wide study, management

My latest piece for Mongabay looks at some of the threats facing the Amazon’s freshwater ecosystems, and at how a fragmented protected area network and policy framework – based on terrestrial ecosystems – is failing to protect the connectivity of the freshwater world. 23 more words

Amazon