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Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree

At a farm in upstate New York, the only worry turkeys have around Thanksgiving time is which dishes they want to dig their beaks into. They're the guests of honor at a feast honoring the birds. Sponsors pay $30 to keep the turkeys happily fed and far from the slaughterhouse.
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Heritage Turkeys: To Save Them, We Must Eat Them

Heritage turkey breeds would be extinct if people didn't raise them. And farmers won't raise them if people don't eat them. Breeds like the Narragansett that were close to extinction a decade ago are making a comeback as people choose to go with the darker, gamier meat.
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Photographer Captures Plight Of The Tiger

Fewer than 3,200 tigers exist in the wild. Photographer Steve Winter traveled to Asia to document their perilous situation.
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New LEED Credit Encourages Bird-Friendly Designs

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Floor to ceiling windows make for great light, but they can be a major hazard for birds -- a new credit is aimed at encouraging architects to think more about our avian neighbors.

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Perhaps Scientists Like Lab Mice TOO Much

The lab mouse is the most ubiquitous animal in biomedical research, but that doesn't mean it's always the best subject for researching disease.
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Complaint Against UVA For Using Cats In Medical Training

A physicians group filed a federal complaint to stop the University of Virginia from using cats in their pediatrics residency programs.

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Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

High lead levels in a bald eagle brought in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have prompted calls for hunters to make changes to their hunting habits.

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Bird Flu Experiment Rattles Bioterrorism Experts

Scientists are worried about the deadly bird flu called H5N1 which sometimes infects people. It's never acquired the ability to transmit easily between humans, but researchers would like to know if that could happen. Recently, they've essentially been altering the genes of H5N1 to make the virus spread more easily between lab animals — raising concerns about biosafety and how this research is regulated.
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The Secret To Foie Gras That Keeps Its Fat Is In The Liver

To find out why some livers retain fat during cooking, scientists analyzed liver proteins in ducks. They found that if you reduce the time you overfeed the ducks, you're get livers that lose less fat during cooking.

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