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Pink Dolphin Spotted Swimming in Louisiana Waters - PawNation

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"Pinky" is an albino dolphin who first was seen in 2007 in Lousiana's Calcasieu Ship Channel.
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Emily Seebohm reacts after the her 100m backstroke heat at the FINA World ... - Herald Sun

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Melbourne lands cricket World Cup · Ricky Ponting with the World Cup.

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Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Responds To Derek Hough & Mark Ballas' Criticism - Access Hollywood

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Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Responds To Derek Hough & Mark Ballas' Criticism Access Hollywood The always outspoken Abby Lee Miller – from Lifetime's “Dance Moms” and “Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition” – stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday,...
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Was Diana Nyad Really Swimming With Sharks Between Cuba and Florida?

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This week, 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad successfully completed the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

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Where were you 3 hours ago? | ask.fm/MissGonzalez

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I was getting home from canobie lake park and enjoying the day with my family for my little cousins birthday (Where were you 3 hours ago? — I was getting home from canobie lake park and enjoying the day with my family for ...
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Swimming, Day 3 - Men's 100m backstroke: third gold medal for the ...

Matt Grevers (USA) Olympic champion Matt Grevers claimed a third gold medal for the USA on Day 3 in the pool with victory in a one-two with American team-mate David Plummer in the men's 100m backstroke.
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Genetics of white tigers pinpointed - due to a single gene, SLC45A2

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Chinese scientists trace the rare white coloration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.

 

White tigers are a rare variant of the customary orange Bengal sub-species. Today, they are found exclusively in captive programmes where the limited numbers are interbred to maintain the distinctive fur color.

 

Shu-Jin Luo of Peking University and colleagues investigated the genetics of a family of tigers living in Chimelong Safari Park in Panyu, Guangzhou Province. This ambush of tigers included both white and orange individuals.

 

The study zeroed in on the pigment gene called SLC45A2, which has long been associated with the light colouration seen in some human populations, and in a range of other animals including horses, chickens, and fish.

 

The team identified a small alteration in the white-tiger version of SLC45A2 that appears to inhibit the production of red and yellow pigments. This change has no effect on the generation of black pigment - explaining why the whites still have their characteristic dark stripes.

 

A number of the white tigers found in zoos have health issues, such as eyesight problems and some deformities.

 

However, Luo and colleagues say these deficiencies are a consequence of inbreeding by humans and that the white coats are in no way indicative of a more general weakness in the Bengal variant.

 

Establishing this fact means that re-introducing them to the wild under a carefully managed conservation programme might be worth considering.

"The last known free-ranging white tiger was shot in 1958, before which sporadic sightings were made in India," the researchers write.

 

"Reasons for the extinction of wild white tigers were likely the same as those accounting for the dramatic decline in wild tigers in general: uncontrolled trophy hunting, habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation.

 

"However, the fact that many white tigers captured or shot in the wild were mature adults suggests that a white tiger in the wild is able to survive without its fitness being substantially compromised."


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Kate Richmond's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:34 AM

This article could be an excellent content-reading activity for students while also bringing up issues of ethics in genetics and single-gene vs. polygenic traits.

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UGA Men's Swim & Dive Harlem Shake

UGA Men's Swim and Dive Harlem Shake. SKOOO Follow us on Twitter: @PeakPride, @matiaskoski, @JGPspeedo, @Mattellisswim, @jam_bo03, @Brob848, @bobbychambless,...
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Phil Pressey Interview | video | The Official Site of the BOSTON CELTICS

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Rookie point guard Phil Pressey chats with @Marc_DAmico about moving to Boston and preparing for training camp: http://t.co/7haf1se4lL
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'Dance Moms' vs. 'Toddlers and Tiaras': Whose Behavior is Worse? - BuddyTV

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'Dance Moms' vs. 'Toddlers and Tiaras': Whose Behavior is Worse?
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Dance Moms and Toddlers and Tiaras appear on the surface to be similar shows. Both have been called documentaries that focus on children in the spotlight.
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Masters Content - Learn Your Backstroke Count - GoSwim!

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New masters swimming content uploaded to www.goswimtv.com.
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