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Mare-embryo signal still a mystery

May 09th, 2020

Even before birth, a lot of communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus. The maternal recognition of pregnancy (MRP), one of the earliest communications that occurs during pregnancy between the embryo and the mother, is the signal produced by the embryo alerting the mother’s …

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What makes horses tick?

In mid-February, western Canadian horse owners will have the chance to meet Dr. Sue McDonnell and learn more about equine behavior during the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, Sask. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invited McDonnell to visit Saskatoon for several educational events — including a public seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. …

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‘No bad horse’

Unlike many who spend their careers working with horses, Sue McDonnell wasn’t always so keen on the equine species. “I was familiar with horses, but it wasn’t really my sport or activity as a kid,” says McDonnell, who grew up on a dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. “I first got involved seriously with horses as a professional when I went …

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