‘Babysitters’ provide boost to offspring of elderly birds

Seychelles warbler. Credit: Photo taken by Remi Jouan, CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Young Seychelles warblers fare better if their elderly parents have help raising them, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Groningen. Seychelles warblers, a cooperatively breeding species of songbird that lives in small family […]

Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

This November 2020 photo provided by Dr. Vanessa R. Lane shows a Nicrophorus orbicollis beetle in Georgia. Burying beetles scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop—all to feed their future offspring. Now scientists […]

Chemical memory in plants affects chances of offspring survival

IMAGE: Thale Cress grown without inherited memories (left) and grown with the memories (right) view more  Credit: University of Warwick Plants have the unique capability to sense and adapt to changes in their environment This information is stored in the form of ‘epigenetic memory’ which can be passed on to the offspring, resulting in defects […]

Mothers pass on allergies to offspring — ScienceDaily

Mothers can pass allergies to offspring while they are developing in the womb, researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore reported this week in the journal Science. The study, which employed an animal model conducted according to the National Advisory […]