Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Brewing Up Double-Edged Delicacies for Mosquitoes"

Today's Science Times reports a simple idea that just might turn out to be pretty profound...

"On what food do mosquitoes live? Orgiastic gouts of human blood that distend their abdomens and render them almost unable to move — right?"...


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Author Sonia Shah speaking in Pittsburgh

 Chatham University to welcome journalist Sonia Shah, author of “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years,” to give free public lecture on Oct. 4th


Friday, September 9, 2011

"Spermless mosquitoes could help halt malaria spread"

Source: reuters // Reuters
By Kate Kelland
LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Releasing genetically modified, spermless male mosquitoes into the wild could in future help to prevent malaria transmission and reduce the chances of large outbreaks of the killer disease, British scientists said on Monday.


Better You Than Me: Scientists Sicken Mosquitoes To Stop Dengue

Listen to the story!

"Scientists in Australia are using a bacterium to try to stop a deadly virus in its tracks.
The dengue virus causes a potentially fatal flu-like illness. The World Health Organization says the number of cases of dengue around the world is skyrocketing, and the disease is endemic in more than 100 countries. It has even shown up in Florida recently. There's no vaccine against the virus yet, so control efforts have focused on the mosquito that transmits the disease...."

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