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Pox on Dogs Naturally Magazine

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It’s NOT Circovirus

A disease characterized by lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, necrotizing vasculitis killed several dogs in Ohio. Early tests found the presence of the newly discovered Dog circovirus (CaCV) in diseased dogs and media reports quickly implicated circovirus. They were wrong. A report from the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that circovirus wasn’t responsible for the outbreak and…

Stress Can Hurt… Literally

A study in the journal Pain (Bortsov 2012) reports genetic variants increase the risk of developing chronic pain following a traumatic event. The study followed two groups that had undergone traumatic events, motor vehicle collisions and sexual assault. It looked at gene variations encoding FK506 binding protein 51 (FKBP5); a co-chaperone with heat-binding protein 90 (hps90),…

Angelina Jolie, Evolution and Pleiotropy

Angelina Jolie recently revealed she underwent a double mastectomy; a prophylactic measure to combat the risk of breast cancer associated with BRCA1 gene she carries. Like many other ‘disease’ genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 show evidence of positive selection, suggesting a fitness advantage. To understand how BRCA provides an evolutionary advantage we have to look at the other…