“Mystery Fever” Claims the Lives of Dozens of Indian Children
“Mystery Fever” Claims the Lives of Dozens of Indian Children
So far, more than 50 people have died of a febrile illness, though the cause isn’t clear.
“Mystery Fever” Claims the Lives of Dozens of Indian Children
“Mystery Fever” Claims the Lives of Dozens of Indian Children

So far, more than 50 people have died of a febrile illness, though the cause isn’t clear.

So far, more than 50 people have died of a febrile illness, though the cause isn’t clear.

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<em>Wolbachia</em>-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue&rsquo;s Spread: Study
Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue’s Spread: Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 10, 2021
Randomized, controlled research conducted in an Indonesian city confirms the reduction in cases seen with previous observational work.
T Cell&ndash;Boosting Zika Vaccine Protects Mice from the Virus
T Cell–Boosting Zika Vaccine Protects Mice from the Virus
Ruth Williams | May 12, 2021
By avoiding the production of antibodies, something vaccines ordinarily induce, the immunization sidesteps the problem of antibody-dependent enhancement, which can amplify infection by a similar virus and is known to occur with dengue and Zika.
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
Christie Wilcox | May 4, 2021
After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec’s engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys.
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
Jef Akst | Oct 8, 2020
Although scientists debate the ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, plenty of consenting participants have been exposed to all sorts of pathogens in prior trials.
Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Amanda Heidt | Aug 28, 2020
Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study.
Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
Ruth Williams | Aug 27, 2020
A study of Nicaraguan children links prior Zika virus infection with aggravated dengue fever symptoms.
750 Million GM Mosquitoes Will Be Released in the Florida Keys
750 Million GM Mosquitoes Will Be Released in the Florida Keys
Lisa Winter | Aug 21, 2020
There have been no reports of health or environmental harm in other locations where genetically modified mosquitoes have been introduced over the last decade.
For the Greater Good: A Profile of Eva Harris
For the Greater Good: A Profile of Eva Harris
Diana Kwon | Jul 13, 2020
Through groundbreaking studies on dengue and efforts to build scientific infrastructure in Latin America, the University of California, Berkeley, professor has bridged research with its benefits to society.
COVID-19 Vaccine Researchers Mindful of Immune Enhancement
COVID-19 Vaccine Researchers Mindful of Immune Enhancement
Katarina Zimmer | May 26, 2020
There is no evidence that any of the coronavirus vaccines in development worsen a coronavirus infection rather than confer immunity to it, but the phenomenon is something scientists are closely monitoring.
Dengue Cases Drop After Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Released
Dengue Cases Drop After Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Released
Emily Makowski | Nov 22, 2019
Aedes aegypti infected with Wolbachia—which inhibit transmission of the dengue virus from insect to human—were deployed in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, and Australia.
Dengue Vaccine Trial Results Show Promise, with Caveats
Dengue Vaccine Trial Results Show Promise, with Caveats
Shawna Williams | Nov 8, 2019
TAK-003 appears to avoid the safety issues seen with an existing vaccine, but experts say a longer evaluation is needed.
GM Mosquito Progeny Not Dying in Brazil: Study
GM Mosquito Progeny Not Dying in Brazil: Study
Kerry Grens | Sep 17, 2019
The biotech Oxitec had released the genetically engineered insects with the hope that they would breed with wild populations and produce offspring that die young. But that’s not always happening.
Combination Strategy Nearly Eliminates Invasive Mosquitoes in Field
Combination Strategy Nearly Eliminates Invasive Mosquitoes in Field
Abby Olena | Jul 17, 2019
Researchers use two techniques—Wolbachia infection and irradiation—to suppress reproduction in populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes at two study sites in China.
Does Prior Dengue Exposure Help or Hurt a Zika Infection?
Does Prior Dengue Exposure Help or Hurt a Zika Infection?
Diana Kwon | Mar 6, 2019
Animal and cell culture studies show evidence that dengue antibodies can both neutralize and enhance Zika, but human investigations have only found protective effects.
Past Dengue Infection Appears to Protect Children from Zika Symptoms
Past Dengue Infection Appears to Protect Children from Zika Symptoms
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 23, 2019
Children were 38 percent less likely to show signs of Zika infection if they had previously had dengue.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 21, 2018
From 500-million-year-old fat to a newly discovered virus, here are some stunners from The Scientist in 2018.
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Shawna Williams | Mar 27, 2018
The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.
Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater
Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 22, 2018
Geckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.
Dengue Vaccine Program Halted Over Safety Issues
Dengue Vaccine Program Halted Over Safety Issues
Shawna Williams | Dec 5, 2017
The drug may worsen future infections for people who haven't already been exposed to the virus.