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April 23, 2019

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April 23, 2019

Mechanism of a Protein Upon Infection of the 'Fasciola Hepatica'

Apr. 22, 2019 — The study also validated ten reference genes in sheep that allow for studying how the immune system behaves when facing this ... read more

Identifying Regions That Would Most Benefit from an Innovative Strategy Against Malaria

Apr. 9, 2019 — A new analysis identifies African regions where ivermectin administration to livestock would have the greatest impact on malaria transmission. The results point to West Africa, below the Sahel, where ... read more

Plant Compounds Could Provide the Answer for Blindness Caused by Diabetes, Say Experts

Apr. 9, 2019 — Compounds from a group of plants could have the answer to treating several causes of blindness, new research ... read more

Molecules With Strong Anti-Zika Virus Potential

Apr. 4, 2019 — Scientists have created a molecule with both strong anti-Zika properties and low toxicity to animal ... read more

Capturing Mosquito Waste Could Speed Up Virus Detection

Apr. 4, 2019 — Public health officials could soon be able to detect viruses in mosquitoes in the wild much more quickly and easily -- thanks to the insect equivalent of a urine test. A new study shows that two ... read more

Apr. 3, 2019 — Compounds produced by sorghum plants to defend against insect feeding could be isolated, synthesized and used as a targeted, nontoxic insect deterrent, according to researchers who studied ... read more

Global Eradication of 'Fly of Death' Not Ethically Justified, Researchers Conclude

Apr. 3, 2019 — Researchers argue that human-caused extinction of the tsetse fly would be unethical, but elimination campaigns targeting isolated populations of the fly are ethically ... read more

Apr. 2, 2019 — The unicellular parasite that causes sleeping sickness differs from other eukaryotes in the mode of regulation of an essential cellular signaling pathway. This provides a promising point of attack ... read more

Apr. 2, 2019 — Researchers have identified Bombali ebolavirus in an Angolan free-tailed bat captured in the Taita Hills, southeast Kenya. No ebolaviruses have been previously reported from wildlife in countries ... read more

Mar. 28, 2019 — The soybean cyst nematode, one of the crop's most destructive pests, isn't like most of its wormy relatives. Whereas the vast majority of nematodes look like the microscopic worms they are, ... read more

Harnessing Plant Hormones for Food Security in Africa

Mar. 28, 2019 — Striga is a parasitic plant that threatens the food supply of 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists have found that they can take advantage of Striga's Achilles' Heel: if it ... read more

A Billion People Will Be Newly Exposed to Diseases Like Dengue Fever as World Temperatures Rise

Mar. 28, 2019 — As many as a billion people could be newly exposed to disease-carrying mosquitoes by the end of the century because of global warming, says a new study that examines temperature changes on a monthly ... read more

Modelled Climate Change Impact on Mosquito-Borne Virus Transmission

Mar. 28, 2019 — Mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, already threaten over a billion people globally. A study predicts that climate change and rising global temperatures will lead to both ... read more

How Mosquitoes Smell Human Sweat (and New Ways to Stop Them)

Mar. 28, 2019 — Female mosquitoes are known to rely on an array of sensory information to find people to bite, picking up on carbon dioxide, body odor, heat, moisture, and visual cues. Now researchers have ... read more

Mar. 27, 2019 — Roundworms that feed on plants cause approximately $100 billion in annual global crop damage. Now researchers have made a patent-pending discovery that certain enzymes in roundworms, called ... read more

Mar. 27, 2019 — Scientists studying the progression of inherited and infectious eye diseases that can cause blindness have found that microglia, a type of nervous system cell suspected to cause retinal damage, ... read more

Mar. 26, 2019 — New research could provide a major boost to the state's growing $1.6 billion walnut industry by making it easier to breed walnut trees better equipped to combat the soil-borne pathogens that now ... read more

Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mar. 26, 2019 — Researchers have developed an innovative method for analyzing the genome of the Wolbachia bacterium. This endosymbiotic bacterium infects more than 70 percent of insects and is capable of influencing ... read more

Mar. 25, 2019 — Relationships between tree diversity and pest diversity follow a hump-shaped curve. That's the finding of a national study of US forests that compared two county-level data ... read more

Mar. 25, 2019 — A sophisticated new analysis too incorporating advanced mathematical strategies could help revolutionize the way researchers investigate the spread and distribution of dangerous, fast-evolving ... read more

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