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September 29, 2012
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Controlling the Spread of Diseases Among Humans, Other Animals and the Environment

New NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC grants fund research on how infectious diseases are transmitted West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus are all infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in … Continue reading

September 7, 2012
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Precautions for Tick-Borne Disease Extend “Beyond Lyme”

Save the tick that bites you: it may not be the one you think This year’s mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States. Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast. While Lyme … Continue reading

April 27, 2012
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Blood Samples Show Deadly Frog Fungus at Work in the Wild

Pathogen leads to dehydration, other ill effects The fungal infection that killed a record number of amphibians worldwide leads to deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild, according to results of a new study. High levels of an aquatic, chytrid … Continue reading

December 16, 2011
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Close Family Ties Keep Microbial Cheaters in Check, Study Finds

*Experiments on “slime mold” explain why almost all multicellular organisms begin life as a single cell* Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a special challenge for evolution. Most of the cells in its body … Continue reading

October 22, 2011
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West Nile Virus Transmission Linked with Land-Use Patterns and “Super-spreaders”

*Spread highest in urbanized and agricultural habitats* After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well established throughout North and South America. Both … Continue reading

September 14, 2011
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A Tale of (More Than) Two Butterflies

*Appalachian tiger swallowtail butterfly is hybrid of other swallowtails* Flitting among the cool slopes of the Appalachian Mountains is a tiger swallowtail butterfly that evolved when two other species of swallowtails hybridized long ago. It’s a rarity in the animal … Continue reading

December 4, 2010
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Biodiversity Loss: Detrimental to Your Health

*Infectious diseases on the rise as species disappear* Plant and animal extinctions are detrimental to your health. That’s the conclusion of a paper published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature by scientists who studied the link between biodiversity … Continue reading