Sequencing reveals complex history of amphibian-killing fungus
Computer model could help anticipate overreactions to disease outbreaks
Sometimes the response to the outbreak of a disease can make things worse—such as when people panic and flee, potentially spreading the disease to new areas. The ability to anticipate when such overreactions ...
How important is long-distance travel in the spread of epidemics?
The current Ebola outbreak shows how quickly diseases can spread with global jet travel. Yet knowing how to predict the spread of these epidemics is still uncertain, because the complicated models used are ...
Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases
New research has found that the number of pests and disease outbreaks in trees and forests across the world has been increasing.
Yeast study yields potential for new cholesterol, anti-fungal drugs
(Phys.org)—While studying a mutant strain of yeast, Purdue University researchers may have found a new target for drugs to combat cholesterol and fungal diseases.
First estimate of total viruses in mammals
Scientists estimate that there is a minimum of 320,000 viruses in mammals awaiting discovery. Collecting evidence of these viruses, or even a majority of them, they say, could provide information critical to early detection ...
New model helps explain how provisions promote or reduce wildlife disease
Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. University of Georgia ecologists have developed a new mathematical model to tease ...
Current efforts will not save the world's most endangered cat
Almost 100 million euros has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild. But the charismatic species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the ...
Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken (Update)
The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its ...
Study ranks social contacts by job and social group in bid to fight infectious diseases
In the light of Novel Corona Virus, concerns over H7N9 Influenza in S.E. Asia, and more familiar infections such as measles and seasonal influenza, it is as important as ever to be able to predict and understand ...
Black band coral disease continues to affect Kauai reefs
Black band coral disease is affecting nearly half of the reef sites researchers have surveyed in waters off Kauai, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.
Ebola virus has wiped out a third of the population of chimps and gorillas
There is a side to the Ebola crisis that, perhaps understandably, has received little media attention: the threat it poses to our nearest cousins, the great apes of Africa. At this moment in time Ebola is ...
Supplemental feeding for endangered avian species
New research from conservationists at the University of Kent has revealed that supplemental feeding can help the recovery of endangered avian populations despite exacerbating the effects of infectious disease.
Down in one: Simple maths shows neknomination can't last
The media are aflutter about a new drinking game. The aim of "neknomination" is to down a pint, then tell some of your friends to do the same. Or as students call it, Wednesday night.