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Disease Transmission – Day 5

March 11, 2012

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It rained quite hard last night and the drumming on the roof drowned out the forest calls and I slept soundly. I felt fully recharged and I had expected to start my field work officially today, but everyone in camp was asked to attend a one-day talk by the resident vet, Dr Carol. The issues […]

Tourists in Morocco pose a threat to an endangered species of monkey

June 28, 2011

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Can you believe it’s almost July? Where on earth has the last six months gone? Soon schools will be breaking up and families will be descending on the airports in their droves for their summer getaway. While every government welcomes tourism and the money it can generate for the country; especially in these difficult economic […]

Is your child smarter than a chimp?

June 9, 2011

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Most parents I know take great pride in bragging about how smart their kids are. Is this something they inherit? Or does it boil down to how much effort mummy and daddy put into developing their cognitive skills? Scientists say babies’ sensory organs are not fully developed at birth and need fine tuning, so the early childhood […]

It’s not just me, monkeys have regrets too

May 27, 2011

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Last night I went to bed without uttering a word to The Northerner, a combination of being very grumpy and very tipsy after a lot of wine and a really stressful day at work – not my most attractive qualities. This morning my little black cloud has lifted and he was brave enough to suggest […]

Monkey vaccine offers new hope to AIDS patients

May 12, 2011

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I’ve found it very difficult to write this week. The intention has been there but there’s been no will. I’ve just finished my end of year exams which monopolised most of my time cramming and has left me feeling brain drained and I’ve also had a family funeral – my dear uncle died of cancer […]

Premature births could be associated with the evolution of the species

April 16, 2011

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My two younger cousins are both having a baby – by some strange coincidence their wives have become pregnant around the same time. That’s one way to avoid sibling rivalry. As wonderful as the news is, it puts me yet again in the “why is she not married and with child?” spotlight. The recession it […]

Is racism part of an evolutionary process?

April 12, 2011

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Last night I was invited to the premiere of a British film, Everywhere and Nowhere in central London. My friend Frankie came with me and being Polish I was interested to hear what her point of view was after the screening. (She was less than impressed, if you’re wondering). The story is about a voyage […]