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Science  24 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5606, pp. 505
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5606.505

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TORONTO-- About 1100 researchers from all walks of biology met here 4 to 8 January to discuss organisms ranging from hawk moths to crocodiles and swap results. Among the highlights: To cope with its feast-or-famine lifestyle, the small intestine of the broad-nosed caiman, a Brazilian crocodile, shuts down, but it remains ready to fire right back up with the arrival of the next meal, researchers reported.