Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

In the complex universe of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases (those that can jump from animals to humans and back), key questions remain largely unaddressed, including what role fur farming for the fashion industry plays in the spread of highly transmissible zoonotic diseases, and how the industry should be managed to minimize risk. Zoonoses are […]

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As forests shrink, mammals are stressed out— with possible fallout for humans

As forests shrink, mammals are stressed out— with possible fallout for humans

Humans aren’t the only ones feeling anxiety about environmental destruction. As forests shrink, small mammals are also feeling stressed, and we can tell by their fur. A team of scientists collected fur samples from 106 small rodents and marsupials in six forest fragments in the Atlantic Forest of Paraguay. After grinding each fur sample into […]

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As wild areas become farmland, species that carry diseases flourish

As wild areas become farmland, species that carry zoonotic diseases flourish

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, much of the blame for the human and economic devastation caused by the virus has been directed toward China. In particular, the country’s “wet markets” have come under fire for endangering public health, despite the fact that few offer the species of wildlife hypothesized […]

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