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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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image: Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 

Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 

By The Scientist Staff | December 4, 2017

Factors such as humidity and temperature can affect how Rhinolophus clivosus use echolocation. 

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The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.

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Distracting Tails

By Jenny Rood | February 17, 2015

Luna moths use their long tails to throw bats off their trail.

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image: Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste

Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste

By Jef Akst | June 25, 2014

With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.

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image: More Evidence MERS Came from Bats

More Evidence MERS Came from Bats

By Kerry Grens | October 10, 2013

Genomic analysis suggests that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus circulated among bats for a while before jumping to humans.  

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image: Bats a Source of MERS?

Bats a Source of MERS?

By Kate Yandell | August 23, 2013

A fragment of viral RNA isolated from an Egyptian tomb bat matches viral RNA isolated from the first human victim of the novel coronavirus.

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image: Moth Mating Calls Linked to Bats

Moth Mating Calls Linked to Bats

By Ed Yong | June 20, 2013

The degree of honesty in moth courtship songs might have been influenced by their similarity to bat echolocation calls.

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image: New Genus of Bat

New Genus of Bat

By Jef Akst | April 11, 2013

In South Sudan, researchers discover another specimen that they’ve classified into an entirely new genus of the flying mammal.

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