Scientists map genome of iconic beaver as gift for Canada’s 150th birthday

Scientists map genome of iconic beaver as gift for Canada's 150th birthday

Scientists have a gift for Canada as the country celebrates its 150th — and as a birthday present, it's certainly unique. A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver — Castor canadensis — to mark the country's sesquicentennial. "The Canadian beaver had not been done, and we figured if anyone's going to do the Canadian beaver, it should be Canadian scientists, so we exert our dominion over the animal that is out national…

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Eating hot chili peppers linked to decreased mortality: Study

Eating hot chili peppers linked to decreased mortality: Study

Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont have found that consuming hot red chili peppers may reduce total mortality. The study found a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, especially in heart attacks and strokes, in people who consumed hot red chili peppers on a regular basis. A previous study in 2015 in China looked at chili pepper consumption and its relation to a reduction in mortality.

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