In February, Radio Canada science reporter Gino Harel talked with Fernando Colchera, Species360 and SDU, about the recent use of zoo and aquarium data, via ZIMS, in new cancer research discoveries regarding the incidence of cancer in mammals.
"...Our study highlights the value of the incredible work of the zoo and aquariums that integrate and standardize their records in ZIMS."
Researchers at the Human Evolutionary Biology Department, Harvard University, have joined the Species360 Research Partner Program. As part of the program, the department’s Capellini Lab plans to use data from Species360's Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) to study connections between genotype (genetic makeup) and phenotype (observable characteristics) in mammals, including nonhuman primates and humans.
Data from ZIMS/Species360 will allow comparison of blood glucose levels across birds, mammals, and other vertebrates as part of this project. Researcher Danial Lyons expects to discover new insight to how species with notably high glucose levels avoid the critical medical problems caused by hyperglycemia in other species.