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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

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. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Invisible to the naked eye, cyst nematodes are a major threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in global crop losses every year. A group of plant scientists recently found one of the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — Scientists have developed a technique for introducing proteins into plant cells using plasma treatment. Their method could have multiple applications in plant research and ... read more

Why Malaria Mosquitoes Like People With Malaria

Feb. 9, 2017 — Malaria mosquitoes prefer to feed -- and feed more -- on blood from people infected with malaria. Researchers have now discovered why. The findings can lead to new ways to fight malaria without using ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Researchers have taken an important step on the road to understanding the underlying mechanism of how and why animals can feel pain in connection with cold or heat. However, according to the study, ... read more

Host Birds Reject Brown Parasitic Eggs More Often the Blue-Green Eggs

Feb. 8, 2017 — Host birds reject brown parasitic eggs more often the blue-green eggs, a new study has ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — A compound extracted from a deep-water marine sponge collected near the Bahamas is showing potent antibacterial activity against the drug resistant bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Cats and dogs may be longtime enemies, but when teamed up, they keep rodents away, a new study ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — A genetic analysis of mosquito populations in Africa shows that recent successes in controlling malaria through treated bednets has led to widespread insecticide resistance in mosquitoes, according ... read more

Genetically Modified Insects Could Disrupt International Food Trade

Feb. 1, 2017 — Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — A new study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant's immune system leads to its ability to resist disease. Researchers said the finding was significant as food security was an ... read more

Researchers Identify Mechanism in Chikungunya Virus That Controls Infection, Severity

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have identified a mechanism by which the chikungunya virus infects healthy cells and controls how severe the disease it causes will be, a mechanism they believe can be found in a number ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — The process of synthesizing many important master proteins in plants involves extensive modification, or 'tagging' by sugars after the protein is assembled, research shows. Their work ... read more

Jan. 27, 2017 — Since the year 2000, the Eurasian grey wolf, Canis lupus lupus, has spread across Germany. For researchers, a good reason to have a closer look at the small “occupants” of this returnee and to ... read more

Genome Secrets of Elusive Human Malaria Species Revealed

Jan. 25, 2017 — The genomes of the two least common species of human malaria parasites have been revealed. These sequences will enable improved surveillance and diagnosis of these rarer parasites that still cause ... read more

African Trees Kill Both Malaria Mosquitos and the Parasite

Jan. 25, 2017 — Malaria is one of the world’s most serious infectious diseases and affects more than 200 million people each year. Scientists have examined the bark from two African trees and found substances that ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Plants emit odors in response to herbivory. A new study reveals that the odor bouquet changes depending on the type of enemy that attacks the plant. To the surprise of the researchers involved, ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Viruses are everywhere. They affect all forms of life, from complex mammals down to the mere fungus. We may not give much thought to fungal viruses, or mycoviruses, but new research suggests they ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A graduate student has discovered several news species of wasps, including one that she named after musician Ani DiFranco. This particular group of wasps is of interest because they could potentially ... read more

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