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Located in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, the Kunming Institute of Zoology serves as a center for research on the diverse biological resources of southwestern China, the Eastern Himalayas and Southeast Asia. The institute’s main research priorities are evolutionary genetics and genomics; conservation and utilization of animal genetic resources, including domesticated animals; development of animal models for human disease mechanisms and new pharmaceuticals; and stem cell applications.

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Scientists Lead to Reveal the Molecular Basis for Heat Desensitization of TRPV1 Ion Channels
 TRPV1 is an important temperature sensing element in mammals, which can be activated by high temperatures above 40°C. However, its role in sustained heat response remains poorly understood since a rapid heat-induced desensitization (Dh) process follows a tightly heat-induced activation (Ah) phase, and its function... more
Study reveals little evidence for a consistent diversity-disease relationship (DDR) in human microbiome associated diseases

  In a paper published last week in The ISME Journal, a team lead by Prof. MA Zhanshan (Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Nicholas Gotelli (University of Vermont) discovered that, in only approximately 1/3 of cases, there is a statistical difference in the microbiome diversity o... more
A new way of studying biological networks provides key insights into the ecology and etiology of human microbiome-associated diseases

  In a paper published in Ecological Monographs, Professors MA Zhanshan (also known as Sam Ma) from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Aaron M. Ellison (Harvard University) presented a new way of analyzing networks of interacting organisms, which provides a powerful framework and suppor... more
Scientists discovered low immune activation in SIV-infected northern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca leonina)

  Non-human primates are widely used animal models in studying pathological mechanisms of HIV/SIV infections due to their close evolutionary status with human being. The pig-tailed macaque, which can be divided into three species based on morphological characteristics and geographic distribution, i.e., Southern p... more
 
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  • Dmitry Bulgin (Scientific Research Institute of Medical Primatology,Sochi,Russia) (May 24, 2019)
  • Hua Huang (University of Colorado, US) (May 30, 2019)
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  • Christoph W. Turck (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany) (May 24, 2019)
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    Study Reveals Why Cholesterol-control Drug Effective for Alzheimer's
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