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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Expression of a 'Ouija Board' Protein That Can Summon 'Monster' Genes

Feb. 8, 2016 — Biologists have studied Drosophila melanogaster flies to discover a new protein dubbed “Ouija Board,” which plays an important role in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones necessary for ... read more

Shallow Flooding Reduces a Major Rice Pest, Researchers Find

Jan. 30, 2016 — Shallow flooding of rice fields can help reduce rice water weevil populations during Florida’s growing season, between April and September, new research shows. Previous studies of the effect of ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have documented never-before-seen views of leafcutter ants at work processing leaves and growing their food supply in their ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — One of the most of the most widely used commercial chemicals to kill bedbugs are not effective because the pesky insects have built up a tolerance to them, according to a team of ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Larvae of caddisfly, aquatic insects of the order Trichoptera, using substrate particles, build tiny tubes where they protect their fragile bodies and carry out the metamorphosis which will transform ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Queen bees and ants emit a chemical that alters the DNA of their daughters and keeps them as sterile and industrious workers, scientists have found. The team found evidence that workers exposed to ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — In October 2015, researchers ran the first tests confirming the presence of Zika virus transmission in the South American country. The team documents a disease trajectory that started with nine ... read more

Zika Virus 'a Game-Changer' for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Jan. 26, 2016 — The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, is relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has ... read more

Bed Bugs That Feed Are More Likely to Survive Pesticide Exposure

Jan. 26, 2016 — Bed bugs that take blood meals after being exposed to pesticides are more likely to survive, according to research. The researchers suggest that insecticide efficacy testing protocols should be ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Researchers have reported the discovery of a major population of the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, the species capable of carrying tropical diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever and ... read more

Scientists Determine How to Control Parasite Without Harming Bees

Jan. 25, 2016 — The parasitic mite Varroa destructor (varroa) is generally agreed to be the greatest threat facing honey bees worldwide. Despite much research, losses continue due to lack of effective control ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap depend on meals of insects to survive in nutrient-poor soil. They sense the arrival of juicy insects, lured by the plants' fruity scent, with the aid ... read more

Malaria Parasite Is Dependent on Heavy Metals

Jan. 22, 2016 — The malaria parasite is rendered barren when the transport of heavy metals such as copper and iron is blocked. In addition, researchers identified six proteins that are essential to the life stages ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Researchers made a beetle-inspired surface that uses chemical micropatterns to control the growth of condensation and frost. They were even able to create a surface where inter-droplet ice growth is ... read more

Examining Genetic Diversity of T. Cruzi from California Kissing Bugs

Jan. 21, 2016 — Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite that can cause an insidious onset of Chagas disease, a fatal cardiac disease in humans and dogs. The parasite is transmitted via triatomine insects, commonly ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — While studying the insect collection of the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, two American scientists uncovered a small, leaf-dwelling praying mantis with unique features ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Why do some ants become workers, while others turn into queens? Many scientists have come to believe that DNA methylation, a mode of genetic regulation in which chemical tags turn genes on or off, is ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — As many as twenty-four new species are added to a single genus of beetles. Originally from the rainforests of Queensland, Australia, most of the specimens have been sitting undescribed in various ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Brightly colored sea slugs are slurping deadly chemicals and stockpiling the most toxic compounds for use on their enemies. While the phenomenon sounds like the stuff of horror films, it is common ... read more

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