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The secret of bat genome

14 May 2015 Milad Moodi
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.

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Emma Teeling, Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research, thinks we have a lot to learn from the biology of bats. Read more about her.

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intriguing

  something that is intriguing is very interesting because it is strange, mysterious, or unexpected 

inherent

  a quality that is inherent in something is a natural part of it and cannot be separated from it

evolve

  to develop and change gradually over a long period of time

predator

   an animal that kills and eats other animals 

hazard

   to say something that is only a suggestion or guess and that might not be correct 

impaired

  damaged, less strong, or not as good as before

defect

  a fault or a lack of something that means that something or someone is not perfect

deteriorate

  to become worse

unique

  unusually good and special

attribute

  a quality or feature, especially one that is considered to be good or useful

estimate

  to try to judge the value, size, speed, cost etc of something, without calculating it exactly

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