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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Insitute Scientists Find Sudden Stream Temperature Changes Boost Hellbender Immune Systems

September 11, 2013

Hellbenders, aquatic salamanders from the eastern United States, are surprisingly good at dealing with unpredictable weather. In a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that hellbenders can experience large changes in daily stream temperature (from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) without any ill effects. In fact, when scientists mimicked these natural temperature swings in the lab, hellbenders became more resistant to bacterial infection.

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Dr. Pierre Comizzoli Awarded the 2012 Secretary's Research Prize

March 5, 2013

SCBI's Dr. Pierre Comizzoli has been awarded the 2012 Secretary's Research Prize for his research on developing a novel way of storing the female genomeā€”a method that could have implications for human health. The work was published in the journal Human Reproduction, which is the highest-ranked journal in the field of reproductive sciences.

Birth of Three Hoofstock Species

August 21, 2012

A male scimitar-horned oryx, a female Przewalski's horse and a female onager were born Aug. 4, 9 and 11, respectively, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Publishes Two Significant Panda Studies

April 4, 2012

Two new research papers by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners will help conservation biologists make strides in saving the fewer than 1,600 giant pandas left in the mountain forests of central China.

Adorable Maned Wolf Pups Get a Medical Exam

February 17, 2012

The four maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., received their first vaccinations Thursday during a routine medical exam.

Four Maned Wolf Pups Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

January 31, 2012

Four Maned Wolf Pups Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute