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September 26, 2016

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September 26, 2016

Sep. 26, 2016 — Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of ... read more

Probing a Mosquito Protein for Clues in the Fight Against Zika

Sep. 7, 2016 — As health departments around the United States boost efforts to combat Zika, scientists are working on new ways to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. One approach involves understanding the ... read more

Pushing a Parasite from Land to Sea

Sep. 6, 2016 — Higher levels of rainfall and coastal development increase the risk of disease-causing organisms flowing to the ocean, according to a study. The work advances earlier work by tracking the parasite T. ... read more

New Model Could Help Improve Prediction of Outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa Fever

Sep. 2, 2016 — Potential outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever may be more accurately predicted thanks to a new mathematical model. This could in turn help inform public health messages to prevent ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Researchers have made the first-ever detailed, atomic-level images of a peroxiredoxin, which has revealed a peculiar characteristic of this protein that might form the foundation for an entirely new ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Populations of New World screwworm flies -- devastating parasitic livestock pests in Western Hemisphere tropical regions -- could be greatly suppressed with the introduction of male flies that ... read more

Genome-Wide Toxoplasma Screen Reveals Mechanisms of Parasitic Infections

Sep. 1, 2016 — Researchers have conducted the first genome-wide screen in Apicomplexa, a phylum of single-celled parasites that cause diseases such as malaria and toxoplasmosis. The screen sheds light into the ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — A study into bird malaria could provide important clues about the causes of parasite co-infections in animals, including people, report investigators. They found that not only the bird's habitat ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Researchers have recorded the only known example of prehistoric pollen caught in explosive mid-discharge from a fossil flower. The team describes this "freeze-frame" fossilized pollen ... read more

Defend or Grow? These Plants Do Both

Aug. 30, 2016 — From natural ecosystems to farmers' fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and out-compete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease. But what if ... read more

Female Mosquitoes Can Transmit Zika Virus to Their Eggs, Offspring

Aug. 30, 2016 — Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring, new research shows. The recent Zika virus outbreak in Florida has dramatically increased efforts to remove A. ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — Scientists report that a specialized drug screen test using lab-grown human cells has revealed two classes of compounds already in the pharmaceutical arsenal that may work against mosquito-borne Zika ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — Researchers found that the specialist moth Heliothis subflexa benefits from secondary plant components by turning the original defensive function of these compounds into its own advantage. ... read more

Newly Discovered 'Multicomponent' Virus Can Infect Animals

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have identified a new 'multicomponent' virus --one containing different segments of genetic material in separate particles -- that can infect animals. This new pathogen was ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Lobsters eat jellyfish without harm from the venomous stingers due to a series of physical adaptations. Researchers examined lobster feces to discover that lobsters surround their servings of ... read more

New Strategy to Fight Mosquitoes in a More Efficient and Sustainable Way

Aug. 25, 2016 — Mosquitoes continue to build resistance to existing pesticides. Research has now shown that the chemical substances emitted by one of the mosquito's natural enemies -- the backswimmer -- makes ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Researchers have protected nonhuman primates against Ebola Sudan four days following exposure to the ... read more

New Types of African Salmonella Associated With Lethal Infection

Aug. 22, 2016 — The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Geographers have completed a large scale data and mapping project to track the flow of internal human migration in low and middle income countries. Researchers have, for the first time, mapped ... read more

Insecticide Treatment of Cattle to Kill Sand Flies and Combat Leishmaniasis

Aug. 18, 2016 — With an estimated 500,000 human infections and 50,000 deaths annually, visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is the second most prevalent parasitic killer, behind malaria. Leishmania parasites are transmitted ... read more

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