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Entries Tagged as 'Primates'

New Grant, Post-Doc Opportunity

August 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Primates, Social Network Analysis

Biological and Human Dimensions of Primate Retroviral Transmission One of the great enduring mysteries in disease ecology is the timing of the AIDS pandemic. AIDS emerged as a clinical entity in the late 1970s, but HIV-1, the retrovirus that causes pandemic AIDS, entered the human population from wild primates many decades earlier, probably near the […]

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Ah, Ape-Scat, Pleasing is the Fragrance of Your Perfumes

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Infectious Disease, Primates

One of the fundamental ontological questions of our day is surely, “is there anything you can’t do with ape scat?” Well, OK, this might be pushing it a bit far, but a recent article in the New York Times makes a pretty strong case for the blessings of this pungent goo.  My collaborator Beatrice Hahn, […]

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Chimpanzees and Biomedical Research

July 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Infectious Disease, Primates

I have now been asked a perfectly reasonable question that arises from our recent paper on chimpanzee “AIDS” several times (see previous entry). The question is, should we reinvigorate biomedical testing of SIV infection in chimpanzees as a model for HIV?  The simple answer is no. There are several compelling reasons for this. First, there are the […]

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Nice, Thoughtful Piece on Chimpanzee Research at Gombe

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Infectious Disease, Primates

Following our recent Nature paper, there has been a flurry of press, some of which I reference in a previous post.  There is a very nice article that gives the back-story of SIV research at Gombe at Put this together with Carl Zimmer’s post and you get a good sense for how research unfolds […]

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New Publication: Chimpanzee "AIDS"

July 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Conservation, Infectious Disease, Primates

A long-anticipated paper (by me anyway!) has finally been published in this week’s issue of Nature.  In this paper, we show that wild chimpanzees living in the Gombe National Park in western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika appear to die from AIDS-like illness when infected with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).  Many African […]

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Conservation, Demography, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Primates

Well, it’s happened again.  My work has been written up in Science but I am not mentioned.  I’m actually not that concerned this time — we’re going to submit the paper for publication soon. I’ve been telling myself (and other people) that this thing we’ve ben working on (all the while being very cryptic about what […]

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Pentailed Treeshrews Not Cheap Dates

August 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Diet & Nutrition, Evolution, Human Ecology, Primates

A recent paper in PNAS documents the alcohol consumption patterns of pentailed treeshrews (Ptilocercus lowii) in Southeast Asian rainforests. These treeshrews consume fermented nectar on a daily basis from the flower buds of the bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis). The alcohol content of the fermented nectar averages 0.6% but gets as high as 3.8%. A proportionate amount of […]

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Phantom Co-Author

March 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Primates, Statistics

It’s always nice to have one’s work written up in Science.  It would be even nicer to be named as a co-author in the write-up.  I suppose being the stats guy in a multi-author collaboration is kind of like being the drummer in a rock band…

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Multi-Species Outbreak of Yellow Fever

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Primates

There is a troubling outbreak of yellow fever currently affecting a number of South American countries, including Brazil and Paraguay.  Yellow fever is a multi-host infection that can be transmitted between monkeys and humans.  It is almost always fatal for species in the genera Alouatta and Ateles (howler and spider monkeys respectively).  The Wildlife Conservation […]

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