Chickens on a farm in front of brown mesh coops
Bird Flu Hits US Hard
So far this season, tens of millions of birds have died of disease or been culled, driving up prices of eggs, chicken, and turkey meat.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, PeopleImages
Bird Flu Hits US Hard
Bird Flu Hits US Hard

So far this season, tens of millions of birds have died of disease or been culled, driving up prices of eggs, chicken, and turkey meat.

So far this season, tens of millions of birds have died of disease or been culled, driving up prices of eggs, chicken, and turkey meat.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, PeopleImages

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Avian Flu Case Numbers Soar in Europe
Chloe Tenn | Jan 7, 2022
The Scientist spoke with the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about this winter’s high bird flu prevalence, the effects of the disease, and efforts to combat it.
Caudipteryx Dinosaur Flock stock photo
Paleontologists Find Possible Dinosaur DNA
Chloe Tenn | Oct 26, 2021
A report of preserved fragments of nuclei and chromatin in a fossilized femur of a 125-million-year-old Caudipteryx dinosaur elicits skepticism.
Image of the Day: Wonderchicken
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020
A newly discovered fossilized skull is between 66.8 million and 66.7 million years old and bears similarities to modern-day chickens and ducks.
Image of the Day: Eggshell Edifice
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 6, 2018
A new 3-D model plumbs the molecular intricacies of eggshell composition.
Image of the Day: Stretchy Chicken Skin
The Scientist Staff | Aug 25, 2017
In a developing chicken embryo, skin cells pull on each other, forming multicellular mounds that eventually turn into properly-spaced feathers.
Imperfect Poultry Vax
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 27, 2015
Chickens immunized against Marek’s disease virus are apt to spread more-virulent versions of the pathogen, a study shows.
Counting Chicks?
Jenny Rood | Jan 30, 2015
Like humans, baby birds visualize increasing numbers from left to right, a study suggests.
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 28, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Pharma Firms Comply with New Antibiotics Rules
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 31, 2014
Most drug manufacturers agree to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s new labeling guidelines for antibiotics used in farm animals.
Why Many Birds Don’t Have Penises
Kate Yandell | Jun 7, 2013
In avian species, a gene induces programmed cell death during development in the area where a phallus would otherwise grow.
H7N9’s Lineage
Kate Yandell | May 2, 2013
An analysis of the novel virus indicates it’s descended from at least four different bird flu strains.
Characterizing H7N9
Kate Yandell | Apr 26, 2013
What scientists are learning about the zoonotic flu virus that has infected more than 100 people in China since February
Prenatal Stress Ages Offspring
Tia Ghose | Nov 9, 2011
High stress during fetal development could  cause premature aging, according to a study in chickens, which published today (November 9) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.