Rats develop cannabis-seeking behavior

Rats develop cannabis-seeking behavior

A recent study in which rats could self-administer cannabis vapor may provide a useful research model for humans. With the legalization of marijuana in some countries and regions within the United States, investigations into its short- and long term-effects on humans...
New understanding of brain structure offers insights into Alzheimer’s

New understanding of brain structure offers insights into Alzheimer’s

New research has revealed greater detail about the brain’s structure, suggesting avenues for future research into Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. Share on PinterestThe brain structure that contains glial cells can provide important insights into Alzheimer’s...
How might climate change affect the spread of viruses?

How might climate change affect the spread of viruses?

Predicting how future climate change will influence the spread of viral infections is fraught with difficulty. This is due to the complexity of interactions between climate, nature, and human activity. But annual fluctuations in some viral infections, such as seasonal...
Social distancing, drug trials offer hope

Social distancing, drug trials offer hope

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world has just passed 1 million, and it may seem as though this pandemic will never go away. It is important to remember that, in their labs, scientists are making quiet progress every day — helping untangle the causes of this...
Could COVID-19 impact great apes?

Could COVID-19 impact great apes?

A recent commentary, penned by a group of conservation and primate experts, asks the international community to take action to protect the great apes from potential SARS-CoV-2 infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched almost every corner of the globe. Authorities...
Cats may be able to contract SARS-CoV-2, but evidence is limited

Cats may be able to contract SARS-CoV-2, but evidence is limited

A preliminary study suggests that cats can contract the new coronavirus, yet this happened in an artificial context where scientists gave the felines high doses of SARS-CoV-2. The research did not prove convincingly that cats were able to transmit the virus further,...