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February 7, 2016

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

Scientists Demonstrate Key Aspect of Evolutionary Theory

Jan. 26, 2016 — Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly different over time in a phenomenon called the ... 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

A Predictive Risk Map for the Nematode Parasite Mansonella Perstans in Uganda

Jan. 21, 2016 — Infection with the nematode parasite Mansonella perstans is one of the most neglected of the neglected tropical diseases. Although symptoms are usually mild, the infection can cause swelling, fever, ... 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

Hand Sanitizer, Antifreeze Can Preserve DNA

Jan. 20, 2016 — Many agencies conduct studies involving citizen scientists. Now one such study shows that a few simple products, such as hand sanitizer and antifreeze, can preserve DNA in samples collected by lay ... read more

Immune 1-2-3 Punch Against Parasites Reveals Potentially Ancient Cell Death Pathway

Jan. 19, 2016 — The immune system's killer cells deliver a tightly controlled, 3-phase knockout punch that kills intracellular parasites through a novel pathway that an international team led by researchers has ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — While scientists have known for years that African trypanosomes cause sleeping sickness, they've been left scratching their heads as to how these tiny single-celled organisms communicate. A new ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Medical researchers reconstructed the 3D structure of one of the proteins of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria and the antibodies that act as the first line of defense against the ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Nematodes, an abundant group of roundworms that exist in nearly every habitat, have long been used as model organisms for studying the function of neurons -- the basic unit of animal nervous systems. ... read more

Plague-Riddled Prairie Dogs a Model for Infectious Disease Spread

Jan. 13, 2016 — Sporadic outbreaks of plague among black-tailed prairie dogs is an ideal model for the study of infectious zoonotic disease, say biologists. Plague doesn't usually kill people these days, but ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — For the past few years, mildew has been able to infect triticale grain, which up to then had been resistant to this fungal disease. So how was the pathogen able to spread to a different host plant? ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Insect oil is a possible new source of the healthy omega-3 fatty acid. Insects make fatty acids by nature and can live on organic waste. A team of researchers examines which insects can best be used ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Backyard chickens may live a sweeter life than chickens on commercial poultry farms, but roaming green grass and scratching real dirt exposes these birds to a different suite of parasites than those ... read more

Gene Editing Technique Improves Vision in Rats With Inherited Blindness

Jan. 8, 2016 — A new technique that has the potential to treat inherited diseases by removing genetic defects has been shown for the first time to hinder retinal degeneration in rats with a type of inherited ... read more

New Iron Transporter Essential for Leishmania Parasite Virulence Is Potential Drug Target

Jan. 7, 2016 — Leishmaniasis is a serious parasitic disease that affects 12 million people worldwide. Like for many neglected tropical diseases that disproportionately affect poor populations, existing drugs have ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — Certain mosquitoes are more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers than in water sources without flowers, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — Examination could hold wider applications on how stress during pregnancy affects mothers and ... read more

Kaolin Effectively Controls Whitefly in Beans

Jan. 5, 2016 — Scientists determined the influence of kaolin on development of populations of whitefly in greenhouses, and its effect on the physiological characteristics of bean crops. Results showed a high ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — Parasitoid wasps manipulate their caterpillar hosts into eating a more wasp-friendly diet, report investigators. It turns out that when caterpillars eat more carbs, the wasp larvae that chew their ... read more

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