Flying big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). In addition to providing lift and powered locomotion, the flight membranes of bats are used in prey capture, act as a protective barrier, and are vital for thermoregulation, gas exchange, and water balance. Although wing injuries are common in wild bats, and biologists routinely biopsy the flight membranes to obtain tissue for molecular work or to temporarily mark animals, little experimental work has been conducted on wound healing in bats. In this issue, Ceballos-Vasquez et al. test the hypotheses that wing wound healing in E. fuscus varies between seasons (i.e. summer versus winter) and in bats with differing energy demands (i.e. lactating versus non-reproductive females). Photo credit: M. Brock Fenton. See the article by Ceballos-Vasquez et al. (doi: 10.1242/bio.201410264).
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Computer simulations of the mouse spermatogenic cycle
Influence of environmental information in natural scenes and the effects of motion adaptation on a fly motion-sensitive neuron during simulated flight
Testing avian compass calibration: comparative experiments with diurnal and nocturnal passerine migrants in South Sweden
Sucrose non-fermenting related kinase enzyme is essential for cardiac metabolism
A novel model of demyelination and remyelination in a GFP-transgenic zebrafish
Brain nonapeptide and gonadal steroid responses to deprivation of heterosexual contact in the black molly
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Rab11a is required for apical protein localisation in the intestine
Seasonal and reproductive effects on wound healing in the flight membranes of captive big brown bats
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