Biology

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A lab at Northern Arizona University has developed a new way to identify rare and endangered bats … by extracting DNA from their droppings.


Melissa Sevigny

Prairie dogs are everywhere in northern Arizona, and so is the plague. The flea-borne disease can destroy whole colonies of prairie dogs, and that has big consequences for ecosystems. Because it’s impractical to vaccinate wild animals, biologists are trying out an edible plague vaccine. It’s a tasty kibble that prairie dogs can’t resist.


David Dorward, PhD / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Tens of thousands of patients die every year from infections they pick up while they’re in the hospital. A Flagstaff-based institute has developed a screening test to find these infections early, before symptoms appear.


Jose Gabriel Martinez-Fonseca

A research team from Northern Arizona University confirmed the presence of the endangered meadow jumping mouse in parts of Arizona and New Mexico. It’s the first regional survey in a decade, and the team is using ink to find the mice.


Kevin Hultine

A new review study explains how climate change will skew the sex ratios of plants. The research team is from Flagstaff. 


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