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Animal Ethics – How much do you know?
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

Do you engage with local ethical review of animal use at your establishment? Perhaps it is done by an ethics committee, Animal Welfare Body (AWB), Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB), or Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). The catch-all term ‘Ethical Review Body’ (ERB) can be used to refer to these institutional committees, or processes, all of which should bring together members with different expertise and perspectives in order to apply local values when considering whether and how animals are used.

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In too deep?
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Rising temperatures, brought on by global warming, represent possibly the most daunting challenge for marine organisms, particularly those adapted to conditions in the Polar Regions. But ocean communities face many other challenges on top of this which could test their resilience to breaking point – including acidification, pollution and overfishing. In this article we hear from selected scientists, who presented their latest research at the SEB Meeting, Prague 2015.

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Rising CO2 – It's not just about Global Warming
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Doing science in the laboratory has its own rewards, but doing science that helps change the world, that inspires people and changes the way they think is even better. That was the central message of the SEB+ Science with Impact session at Prague 2015, where four speakers told us why their research really mattered. This included tackling big issues, pushing to change global policy and inspiring people to use their science to make a difference. As the session chair, Alun Anderson, put it, “this is where we go beyond the science to its impact”.

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Passerine Pit Stops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Are we there yet?! Migrating birds flying along northeastern USA take breaks to rest and refuel at stopover sites. To satisfy their omnivorous diet, stopping at stopover sites with abundant fruit-bearing plants is best. But with an ever-growing human presence, the abundance and diversity of plants at stopover sites is shifting.