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Atlasobscura. How Are Rats With No Y Chromosome Born Male? Log In - New York Times. While the disease might be rare, for residents in the area, the exposure to rats is nothing new.

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Rosa Flores, 73, has lived for 10 years with her son, her daughter and her nephew in one of the eight illegal basement units in the affected building. Rats have always been a problem, she said, but the situation has been worse in recent months, especially since their cat ran away. The cramped two-bedroom apartment was littered with chipped paint and broken appliances; rats had gnawed several holes in the floor and walls, which were loosely patched over by the city’s Department of Buildings. Last month, the family came home to find the refrigerator door ajar and rats crawling everywhere.

Soon after, Ms. “I want the city to come check everything out because the rat population is a dangerous thing,” Ms. The landlord of 750 Grand Concourse, Ved Parkash, was listed as one of the city’s worst landlords by the public advocate, Letitia James, in 2016. Photo Mr. Ms. Continue reading the main story. In Defense of Studying City Rats. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

In Defense of Studying City Rats

Read the original article. In an era when we can decode language among animals and design coatings that make military weapons virtually invisible, it may seem that there are few things science cannot accomplish. At the same time, we are surprisingly ignorant about some things that are much more ordinary. Death by dry ice: How cities are using a chilling killer to zap rats. Some of America’s biggest metros have begun using a chilling — and seemingly effective — new killing tool in the long and interminable urban war against rats: Dry ice.

Death by dry ice: How cities are using a chilling killer to zap rats

CHICAGO—Some of America’s biggest metros have unleashed a chilling—and seemingly effective—new killer in the unending urban war against rats: Dry ice. Sanitation officials in the nation’s third largest city told USA TODAY they recently launched a pilot program at four Chicago parks to test the effectiveness of dropping chunks of dry ice—frozen carbon dioxide—into burrows to try suffocate rats as the dry ice sublimates from a solid to a gas. Chicago began the experiment with dry ice in late August, following Boston, which became the dry ice pioneer when it launched its pilot in March, and New York City, which launched its test program in May. Does ‘humanizing’ mice for drug experiments pose ethical challenges? (This was originally published at the Genetic Literacy Project by Danielle Young) Biomedical research has discovered the value of humanizing rodents and using genetics to better predict the after-effects of many drugs and procedures.

Does ‘humanizing’ mice for drug experiments pose ethical challenges?

And, while we might feel sorry for the little lab mice, these little creatures are helping us better understand disease so we can cure serious illnesses. For years, scientists relied on animals as models for human disease. Initially, we used fruit flies and roundworms as models because they’re genetically similar to humans. But, mice were more so — sharing 97.5 percent of their working DNA with human beings.

Researchers found that there were only 21 genes that humans had that mice didn’t. Scientists Unearth Fossils Of Rats The Size Of Small Dogs. This video demonstrates how rats can swim up your toilet bowl and will turn you into a life-long squatter. Scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/3382/v23n3-265-275.pdf?sequenc.. Study reveals rats show regret, a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely human. 8-Jun-2014 [ Print | E-mail ] Share [ Close Window ] Contact: Matt DePointmdepoint@umn.edu 612-625-4110University of Minnesota Academic Health Center New research from the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota reveals that rats show regret, a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely and fundamentally human.

Study reveals rats show regret, a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely human

Research findings were recently published in Nature Neuroscience. To measure the cognitive behavior of regret, A. Will Giant Mutant Rats overrun NYC in Sandy’s wake. In all of the excitement and concern in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many people’s attentions have turned to rats?

Will Giant Mutant Rats overrun NYC in Sandy’s wake

So What Happened to All of the Subway Rats? The Ratpocalypse Has Been CanceledDid NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy? And one that hits a little closer to home: It spurred some comments, mostly tongue-in-cheek and humorous – after all this is what Luvvie’s stock and trade. But I see many opportunities for this to be a learning moment. The experts who were questioned also agreed. First things, first: these are not mutant, genetically modified, nuclear power-plant created rats.

Mapping New York City's Rats. DOHMH Rat Information Portal. Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy? Floodwaters enter Hugh L.

Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy?

Carey Tunnel. Mapping the Rats in New York City. Michael Mills, a veteran health inspector in New York City, helps create a map of the city you won't find in any guidebook: a rat map.

Mapping the Rats in New York City

That's right, a map of the New York neighborhoods that rodent populations call home. The city's rat map was first introduced a year ago, with an intensive pilot program in the Bronx.