rats

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

Eradication Success Rapidly Confirmed

Completely eradicating pests from an island is a major conservation achievement, such as the recently announced eradication of goats from 15,380 ha Aldabra atoll. However, reliably confirming the absence of a species is difficult, bringing to mind the famous mantra ‘absence ...

Saving Birds from Extinction in the Mascarene Archipelago

This week I have returned to Reunion Island in the Mascarene archipelago (Western Indian Ocean) for a regional conference on landscape rat control to save birds at imminent risk of extinction. I haven’t been back to Reunion since I ...

How Do Blind Mole Rats Avoid Cancer?

By Monika Joshi Their eyes and ears seem to be missing, but that’s not the only thing that makes blind mole rats an odd bunch. The furry rodents are also highly resistant to cancer, a new study says—raising ...