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Feline genetics help pinpoint first-ever domestication of cats, MU study finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. December 5, 2022 – Nearly 10,000 years ago, humans settling in the Fertile Crescent, the areas of the Middle East surrounding the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, made the first switch from hunter-gatherers to farmers. They developed close bonds with the rodent-eating cats that conveniently served as ancient pest-control in society’s first civilizations. A […]

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Think all BPA-free products are safe? Not so fast, scientists warn

Feb. 18, 2020 – Using “BPA-free” plastic products could be as harmful to human health — including a developing brain — as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1919563117  For decades, scientists […]

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Spanking can be detrimental for children’s behavior, even 10 years later

COLUMBIA, Mo. July 31, 2017 – Past research has indicated that physical punishment, such as spanking, has negative consequences on child development. However, most research studies have examined short-term associations–less than one year–between discipline and development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that physical discipline experienced during infancy can negatively impact temperament […]

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