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April 25, 2017

Apr. 17, 2017 — Culminating a nearly 10 year effort, researchers have determined the atomic resolution structure of a key molecule that translates signals from a cell’s local environment into a language that the ... read more

Traces of Zika Found in Asian Tiger Mosquito in Brazil

Apr. 14, 2017 — In a recent test of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in Brazil, researchers found fragments of Zika virus RNA, raising concerns that it may be carried by species other than Zika's known primary ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers have identified a protein that ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Online computer games played by more than 30,000 people have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and color ... read more

Apr. 12, 2017 — Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections last a lifetime. Once a person has been infected, the virus can remain dormant (latent) for years before periodically reactivating to cause recurrent disease. ... read more

The Problem Expands for Avocado Growers: 9 Beetle Species Carry Deadly Fungus

Apr. 12, 2017 — Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the ... read more

Mosquito Egg Hunt: Many Culex Species Prefer Alternatives to Standing Water

Apr. 12, 2017 — The conventional wisdom about where many mosquitoes lay their eggs -- in standing water -- is not always wise. Research into a diverse group of mosquitoes shows that many, if not most, regularly lay ... read more

Using Tropical Microbes to Improve the Environment

Apr. 18, 2017 — Researchers are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural ... read more

Apr. 11, 2017 — The body's immune system initially detects the presence of anthrax spores by recognizing RNA molecules that coat the spores' surface. But this prompts an unfavorable immune response that ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — The atomic structure of a Zika virus protein that is key to viral reproduction has now been conducted by researchers, describes a new ... read more

Some Bed Bugs Show Early Signs of Resistance to Two Common Insecticides

Apr. 10, 2017 — Pest management professionals battling the ongoing resurgence of bed bugs are wise to employ a well-rounded set of measures that reduces reliance on chemical control, as new research shows the early ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Fungi cause important crop losses and pose a serious risk for human and animal health. A team of scientists has discovered a new component of the plant defense system against fungal infections. This ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Humans -- like most non-human primates -- are social beings and profit in many respects from the benefits of a community. However, their closeness to conspecifics is an opportunity for pathogens and ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Two new species of parasitic plants have been discovered on the main island of Okinawa, Japan. They have been named Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Mandrills use their sense of smell to avoid contamination by intestinal protozoans through contact with infected members of their group, researchers have discovered. Their work shows that parasites ... read more

Apr. 5, 2017 — Discovery of a gene in zebrafish that triggers congenital blindness could lead to a suitable cure for similar disease in ... read more

Apr. 5, 2017 — The raccoon and the raccoon dog are two non-indigenous animal species that have become established in Europe in the past decades. Their increasing abundance has not only made them the most common ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — Malaria parasites cause red blood cells to become bendier, helping the parasites to enter and cause infection, says a new ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable new find - the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal, preserved so perfectly in amber that ... read more

Ways to Encourage 'Refuge' Planting, Slow Resistance to Bt Crops

Apr. 3, 2017 — A new study finds a significant shortfall in the amount of 'refuge' cropland being planted in North Carolina -- likely increasing the rate at which crop pests will evolve the ability to ... read more

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