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First evidence of deep-sea animals ingesting microplastics

A team of scientists led by the University of Oxford has discovered the first evidence of microplastics being ingested by deep-sea animals. Microplastics (under 5mm in length) are roughly the same size as ‘marine snow’ – the shower of organic material that falls from upper waters to the deep ocean that many deep-sea creatures feed on. Microfibres, which can enter the sea via the washing of synthetic fabric clothing, were found inside hermit crab, squat lobster, sea pen (coral) and a sea cucumber from depths of 300m-1800m in the mid-Atlantic and south-west Indian Oceans.

Spider silk: nature's bio-superlens

Scientists at Bangor and Oxford universities have achieved a world first: using spider-silk as a superlens to increase the microscope's potential.

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First test of oral rabies vaccine brings hope to the world’s rarest canid

Research published this week in the journal Vaccine reports field trials of the oral vaccine SAG2 in Ethiopian wolves, Africa’s most threatened carnivore and the world’s rarest canid.

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Butterfly Communities Under Threat

In a paper published in Science this week, Jeremy Thomas documents how butterfly populations are declining worldwide, as a result of habitat loss and degradation.

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HIV global spread

The study aimed to map the global spread of HIV-1 subtype B, the viral type that was the most prevalent in the Western World. We show that North America was constantly providing viral flows to the rest of the world, while Europe was passively receiving. Western and Eastern Europe had a clear segregation.

The study is published in MEEGID: