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For Some Male Crickets, Silence Means Survival

By | May 29, 2014

Two island populations of male crickets independently evolved to evade parasites by keeping quiet, and have come up with a way to sneak matings with females that still seek the male courtship song.


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Finch-Powered Fumigation

By | May 7, 2014

Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.


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Week in Review: March 31–April 4

By | April 4, 2014

Transcriptional landscape of the fetal brain; how a parasitic worm invades plants; difficulties reproducing “breakthrough” heart regeneration method; oxytocin and dishonesty

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Genome Digest

By | February 6, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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Syphilis: Then and Now

By , and | February 1, 2014

Researchers are zeroing in on the origin of syphilis and related diseases, which continue to plague the human population some 500 years after the first documented case.


image: Vitamin Deficit Can Boost Innate Immunity

Vitamin Deficit Can Boost Innate Immunity

By | January 23, 2014

Researchers show that vitamin A deficiency can help protect mice against parasitic worm infections.


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Ye Old Parasites

By | November 1, 2013

Evidence of early-13th-century intestinal worms found in a medieval castle latrine yields clues about the lives and deaths of crusaders.


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From Parasites to Protectors

By | September 9, 2013

Socially parasitic ants can serve as protective symbionts for their fungus-growing hosts in the face of attacks by predatory raiding species.  


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Sticking Power

By | July 1, 2013

An adhesive inspired by a parasitic worm could help better affix skin grafts in burn patients.


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Worm Bandage

By | July 1, 2013

Biomimicry yields a new type of patch that may help wounds heal faster.


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