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A study led by the University of Nottingham has found that differently-coiled types of Japanese land snails should in fact be considered a single species, because – against all odds – they are sometimes able to mate, a result which has implications for the classification of other snails.
The Immunogenetics Group at The Pirbright Institute has identified the position and function of specific genes in the goat’s genetic code that are responsible for antibody production. Up until now, identifying and characterising the genes related to the immune system of animals, including humans, has been a great challenge. However, researchers at Pirbright have applied new methodologies to overcome this.
Feelings often run high where insects are concerned, with many people even squeamish to look at them, let alone touch or swallow them. And yet insects present a huge nutritional opportunity as an increasing global population seeks sustainable sources of food and feed.