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TB bacteria survive in amoebae found in soil

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Scientists have discovered that the bacterium which causes bovine TB can survive and grow in small, single-celled organisms found in soil and dung. It is believed that originally the bacterium evolved to survive in these single-celled organisms known as amoebae and in time progressed to infect and cause TB in larger animals such as cattle.

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On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese ‘gyotaku’

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Japanese cultural art of ‘gyotaku,’ which means ‘fish impression’ or ‘fish rubbing,’ captures accurate images of fish specimens. It has been used by recreational fishermen and artists since the Edo Period. Distributional data from 261 ‘Gyotaku’ rubbings were extracted for 218 individual specimens, roughly representing regional fish fauna and common fishing targets in Japan through […]