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A keen understanding of reproduction is vital to helping endangered species, domestic dogs, and people. Travis first became interested in research to obtain this understanding with the goal of eventually being able to manage zoo and wildlife populations with effective contraceptives and by enhancing their fertility. The reproductive technologies resulting from such approaches can also…(Read More)

The same skin allergies and rashes make dogs and humans itch, but dogs don’t often develop lung allergies like humans. Allergies in all species occur when the immune system, which normally fights infections, mistakenly attacks a harmless allergen like pollen. However, we don’t understand why some species are more prone to certain allergic…(Read More)

Although they are not often heard of, reoviruses cause disease in multiple animal hosts. Rotaviruses, for example, commonly cause diarrhea in young children, a disease which is often deadly in developing countries. Unfortunately, there are no antivirals that are effective against reoviruses. When a cell detects a viral infection, its first response is to shut…(Read More)

Many dog breeds are susceptible to inherited disorders of sexual development, or DSDs. One such disorder, XX DSD, can lead to mismatched reproductive organs, sterility, tumors, and infections. XX DSD is a bane to breeders, but so far has been impossible to remove from the gene pool. Meyers-Wallen’s group is working to pinpoint…(Read More)

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