An orange toad perched on a leaf
Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off
A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.
Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off
Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off

A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.

A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.

mosquito-borne disease
Close-up of a mosquito antenna with hair-like protrusions and fluorescently labeled glomeruli as green circles on the shaft
The Neuroscience Behind Why Mosquitoes Always Find You
Sophie Fessl | Aug 18, 2022 | 5 min read
Neurons in mosquito antennae can express more than one olfactory receptor at a time, a redundancy that likely ensures they don’t lose a potential host’s scent.
Mosquitos flying at sunset
Climate Change Worsens Most Infectious Diseases
Andy Carstens | Aug 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Of the pathogens known to have infected humans, more than half may cause more widespread disease as a result of rising temperatures, precipitation changes, or other climate-related factors, a study finds.
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The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
The Buzz About Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Sleeping mice in chambers with mosquitoes behind them on a mesh
Mosquitoes Drawn to Hosts Infected by Dengue, Zika
Patience Asanga | Jun 30, 2022 | 4 min read
Flavivirus infections alter the skin microbiome of mice to increase the production of a sweet-smelling compound that attracts the viruses’ insect vectors, a study finds.
A mosquito sucks blood from human skin
Malaria Mosquitoes Bite More During the Day Than Previously Thought
Andy Carstens | May 17, 2022 | 2 min read
While malaria control strategies have focused on mosquitoes’ nocturnal activity, almost one-third of bites occur while the sun is up, a new study estimates.
close-up of an Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin
Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans
Sophie Fessl | May 11, 2022 | 5 min read
A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.
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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Shawna Williams | Apr 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.
Mosquito with red abdomen and white stripes on human skin
Mosquitoes Add Bacteria to Water to Help Larvae Grow: Preprint
Natalia Mesa | Apr 12, 2022 | 4 min read
Pregnant mosquito females deploy the microbe Elizabethkingia to speed larval growth; the larvae, in turn, help the bacteria outcompete other strains.
back of a pest control van with a picture of indoor residual sprayer for malaria
Mosquito Memory: Pest Management’s New Hurdle
Sophie Fessl | Feb 21, 2022 | 3 min read
Mosquitoes avoid pesticides that they’ve had close encounters with, a fact that may complicate pest management.
close-up of a mosquito on human skin
West Nile Virus and Climate Change: It’s Complicated
David Adam | Sep 28, 2021 | 3 min read
Warmer temperatures are likely to increase the prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease in many places, but not all.
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Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue’s Spread: Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 10, 2021 | 2 min read
Randomized, controlled research conducted in an Indonesian city confirms the reduction in cases seen with previous observational work.
Amanda Tokash-Peters Links the Microbiome to Ecology
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2021 | 3 min read
The Centenary University professor studies the far-reaching effects of changes in the gut bacteria of mosquitos and other species.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena | Dec 17, 2020 | 4 min read
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
Mosquitos in Asia and the Americas More Susceptible to Zika Virus
Abby Olena | Nov 19, 2020 | 4 min read
A study explains how Zika was present among mosquitoes in Africa for decades without causing the harm to human health seen outside the continent in recent years.
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Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Amanda Heidt | Aug 28, 2020 | 4 min read
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.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Field Research
Ashley Yeager | Aug 20, 2020 | 5+ min read
Unable to travel to international or remote sites, some researchers are losing critical data.
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020 | 4 min read
Engineered Plasmodium parasites form the basis of two experimental malaria vaccines that showed safety and encouraging immune responses in clinical trials.
Dengue Cases Drop After Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Released
Emily Makowski | Nov 22, 2019 | 2 min read
Aedes aegypti infected with Wolbachia—which inhibit transmission of the dengue virus from insect to human—were deployed in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, and Australia.
Combination Strategy Nearly Eliminates Invasive Mosquitoes in Field
Abby Olena | Jul 17, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers use two techniques—Wolbachia infection and irradiation—to suppress reproduction in populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes at two study sites in China.