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Genetic Maps Help Conservation Managers Maintain Healthy Bears

Genomics of American Black Bears Shows Surprising Ancient Migration Patterns

May 21, 2015

Last year, researchers at the University of Missouri published a study on genetic diversity in American black bears in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma and determined that conservation management is needed to maintain healthy populations in the region. Now, those scientists have expanded the study to include black bears throughout North America. They discovered that black bears in Alaska are more closely related to bears in the eastern regions of the U.S. and Canada than those located in western regions. Details from the study revealed ancient movement patterns of black bears and provide detailed “genetic maps” that could help conservation management officials maintain healthy bear populations throughout North America.  Full Story
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Snacking on Protein Can Improve Appetite Control and Diet Quality in Teens

Soy-protein snacks promote feelings of fullness and reduce unhealthy eating habits in young people

May 21, 2015

Although eating high-protein, afternoon snacks can aid appetite control in adults, little information exists to guide parents on what types of snacks might benefit their adolescent children. Now, MU researchers have found that afternoon snacking, particularly on high-protein-soy foods, reduces afternoon appetite, delays subsequent eating and reduces unhealthy evening snacking in teenagers.  Full Story
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