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December 16, 2019
Part 4 of 4: Contagious cancers You may be wondering what a contagious cancer is and if it’s the same thing as a cancer caused by bacteria or viruses. Well, it’s not the same thing. Contagious cancers...
December 16, 2019
Part 3 of 4: Genetic predisposition Many of us have heard that we look like one of our parents or siblings, “you have your mother’s eyes” or such. Just as with traits such as eye shape and...
December 16, 2019
Part 2 of 4: Viruses Viruses, microscopic parasites which can infect living organisms and cause disease, may be associated with about 20 percent of cancers in humans. However, we know little about...
December 16, 2019
Part 1 of 4: Environmental contaminants The idea that cancer could cause human extinction may sound absurd. Until recently the same could have been said for most wildlife populations. However, over the past...
Josh De Guzman
December 16, 2019
San Diego County provides critical nesting habitat for two species of small beach-nesting birds: the endangered California Least Tern and the threatened Western Snowy Plover. During the summer, these animals will...
December 04, 2019
Kangaroo rats live throughout Southern California but many residents have never heard of them, let alone seen one. This is mainly because kangaroo rats are nocturnal- they spend their days in underground burrows...
November 22, 2019
Habitat loss is one of the most common threats to all species around the world. Even small areas of habitat loss result in habitat fragmentation and loss of connectivity. As a result, species are left with...
November 22, 2019
It’s mid-afternoon in the necropsy lab and sunlight pours through tall windows onto a busy scene. Pathology technicians and interns are doing the “pathology dance” as they call it, shuffling and...
November 20, 2019
The thick-billed parrot, or cotorra serrano, is a colorful and gregarious species that flies in raucous flocks throughout the high elevations of the Sierra Madre Occidental ranges of Mexico. Historically, the thick...
November 19, 2019
We’ve all heard that San Diego is a global “hotspot” of plant and animal diversity, but why has this come to be? How did all these species get here? In discussing many of the rare plant species...

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