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Bengaluru | Jan 5, 2021
No silver bullet: Animal Birth Control for India’s dogs is ridden with challenges

Study highlights why capture-neuter-vaccinate-release is not effective in reducing free-ranging dogs.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Aug 28, 2020
Who is at the centre of a dog’s world? It’s humans more than dogs!

Studies have found that dogs tend to be friendlier in areas with frequent human activity. But what about their interaction with individuals of their kind in these areas? Do humans play a role here? A recent study from the Dog Lab IISER Kolkata has delved into the social interactions of dogs amongst themselves and with humans. 

 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Oct 11, 2019
Speaking a million words in a single gaze

Study finds how pet dogs, shelter dogs and free-ranging dogs react to human gaze.

General, Science, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 22, 2019
In pursuit of 6000-year-old canine cancer, scientists gain insights into the evolution of the disease

About 6,000 years ago, an unfortunate dog suffered from a relatively rare form of cancer. Since then, unlike any other cancer, its cancer cells were swiftly transmitted from one dog to another. Today, this age-old ailment has a name—Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour or CTVT.  In a  recent study, they traced the history of CTVT to Asia, and in the process, helped understand the evolution of cancer in the long term.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Aug 8, 2018
Pictures: Dr Manabi Paul and Prof Anindita Bhadra (a) a dog family that was part of this research  (b) a male dog (putative father) playing with pups  (c) The researchers: Dr Manabi Paul and Prof Anindita Bhadra

Some curse them, throw stones at them, beat them, and even kill them, while a few pet them and form a special bond!  Domestic dogs, or Canis lupus familiaris, are known to be our 'best friends'. Yet, nearly 70-80% of the 90 crore dogs globally, about 70 crores, are free-ranging and include stray and feral dogs.  How do they survive and thrive in the dangerous streets without our active care?  It turns out, just like us, they have a 'family' that makes it possible.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Apr 11, 2018
Photo : Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters

Dogs have been introduced in various places across the world, where they were not found before by humans. In a recent study, researchers from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment study how dogs affect the local biodiversity.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Sep 28, 2017

Rabies is a fatal disease associated with dogs. However, it could well be spread by many animals -- both wild and pets. Today, on World Rabies Day, here is all you want to know about the disease and ways to prevent them. But if you thought it was a challenge, find out the truth about this and help make the world free of this deadly disease

General, Science, Health, Society, Featured
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