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Fossilized Mosquito Blood Meal

By | October 14, 2013

Researchers have discovered a 46-million-year-old female mosquito containing the remnants of the insect’s final blood meal.

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Bug Off

By | October 3, 2013

Identification of a DEET-sensitive olfactory receptor leads to alternative, possibly better, repellants.

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Preliminary Malaria Vaccine Trial a Success

By | August 9, 2013

An intravenous vaccine appears to protect adults from malaria infection in a Phase 1 clinical trial.

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Week in Review: May 27–30

By | May 31, 2013

The mosquito’s role in malaria virulence; the value of grant review; Europe must embrace GM crops; why roaches avoid sugary bait

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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Ants on Burglar Watch

By | May 22, 2013

An ant species that lives on a carnivorous pitcher plant keeps nutrient thieves from escaping by eating them.

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Malarial Mosquitos Drawn to Human Smell

By | May 17, 2013

Mosquitos infected by the malaria parasite are more likely to land on and probe a substrate laced with human body odor than their uninfected counterparts.

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Week in Review: May 6 – 10

By | May 10, 2013

Telomeres and disease; Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes may fight malaria; bat tongue mops nectar; newly sequenced genomes

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Anti-Malarial Mosquitoes?

By | May 9, 2013

Artificially induced bacterial infections in mosquitoes could reduce the spread of malaria-causing parasites.

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Some Mosquitoes Ignore DEET

By | February 21, 2013

The olfactory receptor neurons of some mosquitoes become less sensitive to the insect repellent after previous exposure.

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