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Discovery of gene for black coat color in dogs has broad implications

dog getting swabbed

The discovery of a gene responsible for black coat color in dogs may help researchers understand fundamental processes in humans, including the regulation of body weight and stress hormones, according to Glenn Millhauser, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. [More]

Study of kelp harvesting finds bull kelp more vulnerable than giant kelp

bull kelp

Kelp was historically prized as an ingredient in glassmaking, and its extracts are now widely used in foods, cosmetics, fertilizers, agricultural feeds, and alternative medicines. Most harvesting has been directed at giant kelp, but as demand grows for kelp extracts, harvesters may begin to target bull kelp. That could be cause for concern, according to UCSC biologists. [More]