Medical Mysteries

How Chickens Could Inspire New Treatments for Deafness

— Birds can't lose their hearing. So why do we?

How a Hunting Raptor Could Teach Us to Tune Out Distractions

— To treat human disorders like ADHD, neuroscientist Shreesh Mysore has unlocked the key to the Barn Owl’s extraordinary focus.
Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, professor at Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan, with his army of antibody-generating Ostriches. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Images

How the Biggest Birds on Earth Could Help Fend Off Epidemics

— Veterinarian Yasuhiro Tuskamoto has a flock of 500 Ostriches—and, in their huge eggs, a way to fight infectious diseases.

How a Common Street Bird Could Coach Doctors Against a Bad Diagnosis

— Psychologist Edward Wasserman’s work with pigeon perception may lead to new strategies for detecting cancer and heart disease.