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To Kill Malaria Parasite, Feed Bacteria To Mosquitoes

Humanity has taken the fight against malaria into the guts of its host.<p>The deadly malaria parasite, a protozoan named <i>Plasmodium</i>, rides inside the bellies of mosquitoes to get from human to human. While some scientists have proposed using genetically engineered or sperm-free mosquitoes to fight …

Public Health

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Official: Virus may be 'tip of iceberg'

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.<p>The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the …

Tiny Arachnids Do Indeed Live On Your Face, Scientists Say

Talk about creepy! You may <i>think</i> your morning shower did its job, but odds are a bunch of microscopic mites are crawling on your face and living in your pores at this very moment.<p>In fact, new research suggests that a specific genus of these tiny parasitic creatures called Demodex are way more common …

Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …