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May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Stem Cells in Plants and Animals Behave Surprisingly Similarly

May 12, 2017 — A new study shows that the behavior of stem cells in plants and animals is surprisingly similar. The researchers were able to produce mathematical equations that reveal very small differences in the ... read more

Immune Cells Rely on Receptor to Signal Counterattack on Parasitic Worm

May 12, 2017 — Immune cells, called macrophages, may rely on a compound to signal an attack to beat back attacks from parasitic worms, according to an international team of ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Invasive parasites are a biological oxymoron. And yet, they are in our backyards. A new study analyzes the case of a brood parasitic bird, the pin-tailed whydah (<i>Vidua macroura</i>) ... read more

New Lyme Disease Forecast Map Targets Rising Tide of Ticks

May 11, 2017 — New research offers veterinarians a forecasting map that tells them which parts of the country are most at risk of Lyme disease infections in dogs, which could also help track and predict Lyme ... read more

Rare Feline Genetic Disorders Identified Through Whole Genome Sequencing

May 11, 2017 — Veterinary neurologists found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease in people. Now they have found that a ... read more

Can Crab Shells Provide a 'Green' Solution to Malaria?

May 11, 2017 — A non-toxic mixture of chitin-rich crab shell powder and nanosized silver particles could be an environmentally friendly way of curbing the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, and malaria in ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Preclinical research results in animal models demonstrate favorable outcomes in developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika ... read more

How Varroa Mites Take Advantage of Managed Beekeeping Practices

May 9, 2017 — As the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. And, it turns out, the very nature of ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Trap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls ... read more

May 8, 2017 — Interbreeding Bt cotton plants with non-Bt plants yields a seed mix that has resulted in 96 percent pest suppression and 69 percent fewer insecticide sprays in the Yangtze River Valley in China. This ... read more

Hepatitis C Virus: Possible New Approach to Battling Infections

May 8, 2017 — An international study has shone light on the way the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) hijacks the communication systems in the host cells it infects, uncovering potential new therapeutic targets for the ... read more

How Flu Viruses Hijack Human Cells

May 5, 2017 — Much is known about flu viruses, but little is understood about how they reproduce inside human host cells, spreading infection. Now, a research team has identified a mechanism by which influenza A, ... read more

First Molecular Diagnostics for Insecticide Resistance in Sandflies

May 5, 2017 — A new study identifies a potent molecular mechanism for insecticide resistance in the world's most medically-important sandfly species and develops DNA-diagnostics for monitoring future impact ... read more

May 4, 2017 — Searching for a way to thwart Zika, scientists have discovered an antibody with a potent ability to neutralize the ... read more

Stink Bugs: Free Guide for Agricultural Integrated Pest Management

May 4, 2017 — Farmers in the midwestern United States have been battling increasing infestations from a variety of stink bug species in recent years, and now they have a new free resource for understanding and ... read more

Researchers Advance Low-Cost, Low-Tech Zika Virus Surveillance Tool

May 3, 2017 — Using loop-mediated isothermal amplification, or LAMP, researchers found that they could easily detect Zika virus in human and mosquito samples from the United States, Brazil and ... read more

Zika Virus Persists in the Central Nervous System and Lymph Nodes of Rhesus Monkeys

Apr. 28, 2017 — Zika virus can persist in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), lymph nodes and colorectal tissue of infected rhesus monkeys for weeks after the virus has been cleared from blood, urine and mucosal secretions, ... read more

Using Rooster Testes to Learn How the Body Fights Viruses

Apr. 27, 2017 — Our bodies are constantly under siege by foreign invaders; viruses, bacteria and parasites that want to infiltrate our cells. Using rooster testes, scientists shed light on how germ cells -- sperm ... read more

Ammonium Nitrogen Input Increases the Synthesis of Anticarcinogenic Compounds in Broccoli

Apr. 25, 2017 — In the quest for less contaminating fertilizing strategies, a study has explored the use of ammonium-based fertilizers, less widely used than the nitrate for fertilizing owing to the reduced growth ... read more

Insecticide-Induced Leg Loss Does Not Eliminate Biting, Reproduction in Anopheles Gambiae Mosquitoes

Apr. 25, 2017 — Mosquitoes that lose multiple legs after contact with insecticide may still be able to spread malaria and lay eggs. Leg loss is a common outcome of insecticide exposure, and guidelines dictate that ... read more

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