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Dengue fever, chikungunya: a potential vector discovered in Mayotte

IRD researchers and their partners at the French Regional Health Agency, Indian Ocean, have identified a new mosquito species in Mayotte, which could be a vector of dengue fever and chikungunya hitherto unknown. Stegomyia pia , as the scientists have named it, in fact belongs to a group of speci... Read More

Smile! New Nanotube Surface Promises Dental Implants That Heal Faster and Fight Infection

A brighter, better, longer-lasting dental implant may soon be on its way to your dentist's office. Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone and topped with artificial teeth. More than dentures or bridges, implants mimic the look and feel of... Read More

The Microscopic Flash Mob

Every day we see animals migrating through the air, across plains, and in the oceans, in beautifully coordinated patterns; starlings flock together in the thousands while sardines swim together in enormous shoals. These social behaviors are important in allowing animals to socialize, avoid preda... Read More

TWiV 251: Don't kiss the camel



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it.

Crohn's partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS ... Read More

Antibiotics Driving Resistant Bacteria In Urban Sewers

A new study from Chicago-based researchers has found that a confluence of sewage overflows and widespread antibiotic use is causing the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in waterways around the Windy City.

Recently published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, th... Read More

Exoenzyme activity

Ms. Karen Alarcon, 3rd yr - BS Biology student from St. Paul University Quezon City, Philippines is doing an exercise on exoenzyme screening by select bacterial isolates. On the picture, bacteria on starch agar flooded with iodine was analysed for the production of exoenzyme amylase. Read More

New Spray Ends Ride for Microbes

When you peer through the smear on the screen of your smartphone, thousands of tiny microbes are staring back at you, waiting to hitch a ride on your fingertips.

Harmful microbes lurk everywhere ā€” doorknobs and faucets, locker rooms and hospitals. It's enough to make a germophobe afraid to to... Read More

Life on Mars? Well, Maybe Not

In findings that are as scientifically significant as they are crushing to the popular imagination, NASA reported Thursday that its Mars rover, Curiosity, has deflated hopes that life could be thriving on Mars today.

The conclusion, published in the journal Science, comes from the fact that C... Read More
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