Researchers find Jurassic strashilids not a parasite after all
Study turns parasite invasion theory on its head
Current thinking on how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite invades its host is incorrect, according to a study published today in Nature Methods describing a new technique to knock out genes. The findings coul ...
Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered
(Phys.org)—Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web – a 100 million-year-old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time.
Researchers create mosquitoes incapable of transmitting malaria
Mosquitoes bred to be unable to infect people with the malaria parasite are an attractive approach to helping curb one of the world's most pressing public health issues, according to UC Irvine scientists.
Mosquito behavior may be immune response, not parasite manipulation
Malaria-carrying mosquitos appear to be manipulated by the parasites they carry, but this manipulation may simply be part of the mosquitos' immune response, according to Penn State entomologists.
Bacterial infection in mosquitoes renders them immune to malaria parasites
Scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have established an inheritable bacterial infection in malaria-transmitting Anopheles mosqui ...
Researchers map primate networks to predict pandemics
Quest for edible malarial vaccine leads to other potential medical uses for algae
(Phys.org) —Can scientists rid malaria from the Third World by simply feeding algae genetically engineered with a vaccine? That's the question biologists at UC San Diego sought to answer after they demonstrated ...
Inspired by spiny-headed worms, new microneedle adhesive 3x stronger than surgical staples in skin graft fixation
A parasitic worm may hold the answer to keeping skin grafts firmly in place over wounds, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).
The genetics of life and death in an evolutionary arms-race
Scientists at The University of Manchester have found evidence of the genetic basis of the evolutionary arms-race between parasitoids and their aphid hosts.
Perks of parasitic plants revealed
Parasitic plants, sworn enemy of many a farmer, can carry surprising benefits for wildlife, according to new research.
Researchers identify genes involved in bedbug pesticide resistance
Dead seals serve conservation boost
Scientists have used genetic testing on animals that died of natural causes for the first time, potentially boosting efforts to save endangered species.
Researchers ID queens, mysterious disease syndrome as key factors in bee colony deaths
(Phys.org) —A new long-term study of honey bee health has found that a little-understood disease study authors are calling "idiopathic brood disease syndrome" (IBDS), which kills off bee larvae, is the ...