Companion Animal Psychology News July 2017

July’s round-up of the latest news on cats and dogs.Some of my favourites from around the web Dr. Rebecca Ledger uses the Five Domains model for forensic animal behaviour analysis by Kat Littlewood and David Mellor PhD. How the mental experiences of animals can be inferred for animal cruelty prosecutions in Canada.Remember to play. Trumping animals and their homes: Seeing light in dark times by Marc Bekoff PhD. Some advice on how to maintain hope in…

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Companion Animal Psychology News July 2017

July’s round-up of the latest news on cats and dogs.Some of my favourites from around the web Dr. Rebecca Ledger uses the Five Domains model for forensic animal behaviour analysis by Kat Littlewood and David Mellor PhD. How the mental experiences of animals can be inferred for animal cruelty prosecutions in Canada.Remember to play. Trumping animals and their homes: Seeing light in dark times by Marc Bekoff PhD. Some advice on how to maintain hope in…

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Coverage and contamination in our DNA-uptake dataset

We finally have the corrected reference genome sequences for our DNA uptake deep-sequencing data.  The genome sequences from NCBI had errors and polymorphisms relative to the specific strains we used in the experiments, so the former post-doc used the sequence data from this experiment to create reference sequences that perfectly match the DNAs we used.The bright-coloured table below shows 8 of our 16 samples.  These are the samples that examined uptake of DNA from strain…

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Coverage and contamination in our DNA-uptake dataset

We finally have the corrected reference genome sequences for our DNA uptake deep-sequencing data.  The genome sequences from NCBI had errors and polymorphisms relative to the specific strains we used in the experiments, so the former post-doc used the sequence data from this experiment to create reference sequences that perfectly match the DNAs we used.The bright-coloured table below shows 8 of our 16 samples.  These are the samples that examined uptake of DNA from strain…

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Right Turn: Are your kids bored yet? Turn to these summer science distractions

After 10 months of preparing lunches, doing homework, attending dance, hockey, piano lessons (or feel free to insert whatever else fits), the unstructured, lazy, hazy days of summer are a welcome relief. Until they aren’t anymore. If your little person or tween is in serious need of some distraction, here are some educational recommendations of the scientific variety. Let’s start with podcasts. I found Brains On (“features science for kids and curious adults”) myself, but…

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#SupportTheReport

written by Anastassia Pogoutse The Naylor Report, summarized by Andrew Zhai in this post, provides a recipe for reinvigorating Canadian research. However, without concrete action by the federal government, the Naylor Report’s recommendations will be nothing but text. Canadian scientists have taken to using the hashtag #SupportTheReport to promote the Naylor Report’s recommendations. More critically,…

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Congratulations, you graduated this year! So, what happens next?

Dr. Amir Manbachi, Johns Hopkins University (with permission) Passing by university campuses in the month of June, what you will notice is joyful, well dressed students, accompanied by family members, attending their graduation ceremonies. It is indeed a great feeling to have accomplished a university degree after a lot of dedication and hard work. I personally prefer the name commencement instead of graduation ceremony. After all, even though students graduate and end a significant stage…

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Les corbeaux aussi bons que les grands singes pour la planification ?

Je voudrais commencer ce billet sur l’intelligence des corvidés (corneilles, corbeaux, geais, etc.) par un petit souvenir. C’était il y a un an ou deux, alors que je prenais ma marche matinale au parc Lafontaine à Montréal. Mon attention avait été attirée par les coups répétés du bec d’un grand pic qui fouillait de ses coups adroits l’écorce d’une grosse branche à la recherche des insectes qui s’y cachent. La présence du plus grand pic…

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