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February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

New Tool for Combating Mosquito-Borne Disease: Insect Parasite Genes

Feb. 27, 2017 — Discovery of the genes the insect parasite Wolbachia uses to control its hosts' reproduction provides a powerful new tool for enhancing biological control efforts for mosquito-borne diseases ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Anisoplin, a new protein produced by a pathogenic fungus of insects and mites that provides new possibilities for the design of biotechnological tools to control pests, researchers have ... read more

SARS and MERS: What’s Next?

Feb. 23, 2017 — It may be difficult to remember now, but when SARS was first recognized in February 2003, people were scared. This heretofore unknown disease was killing people—nearly 10 percent of those infected ... read more

Europeans Brought New Strains of Ulcer-Causing Bacterium to Pre-Columbian Americas

Feb. 23, 2017 — A genomic study of a harmful stomach bacterium finds that foreign strains intermingled with and replaced local strains after the arrival of Europeans and African slaves across the ... read more

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Sexual reproduction and viral infections both rely on a functionally identical protein, according to new research. The protein enables the fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or ... read more

Fungus on Lawns: Novel Methods of Rhizoctonia Solani Control?

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have identified a novel and important biological aspect of R. Solani while investigating brown patch infected cool-season turfgrasses: R. solani isolated from diseased tissue were ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Mathematics Supports a New Way to Classify Viruses Based on Structure

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have found new evidence to support a classification system for viruses based on viral ... read more

Scientists Discover How Essential Methane Catalyst Is Made

Feb. 22, 2017 — New ways to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use are a step closer after scientists discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates the process. Recycling CO2 into ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — In a land where survival is precarious, Komodo dragons thrive despite being exposed to scads of bacteria that would kill less hardy creatures. Now in a study, scientists report that they have ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic, according to a new research ... read more

Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution: Model of CRISPR, Phage Co-Evolution Explains Confusing Experimental Results

Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune ... read more

Genetic Mutations That Drive Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to an ... read more

Yeast Found in Babies' Guts Increases Risk of Asthma

Feb. 17, 2017 — Microbiologists have found a yeast in the gut of new babies in Ecuador that appears to be a strong predictor that they will develop asthma in childhood. The new research furthers our understanding of ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Seagrass meadows -- bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth -- can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A study reveals the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria in extreme detail. It is s an important step forward in research on bacterial growth and could ... read more

Scientists Reveal the Treadmilling Motion of Dividing Bacteria

Feb. 16, 2017 — An international team of scientists using the latest imaging techniques have revealed how bacterial division proteins build a partition wall across the cell, one molecule at a ... read more

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