parasites
The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse
The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse
Erin Weeks | Sep 18, 2013
Toxoplasma gondii seems to cause hard-wired changes in the brains of mice that persist even after the parasite is gone.
Ants on Burglar Watch
Ants on Burglar Watch
Kate Yandell | May 22, 2013
An ant species that lives on a carnivorous pitcher plant keeps nutrient thieves from escaping by eating them.
Ladybird Bioterrorists
Ladybird Bioterrorists
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2013
The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.
Deep Doo-doo
Deep Doo-doo
Bob Grant | Jan 4, 2013
An open-access study explores the intricacies of parasite egg distribution and viability in human feces.
Natural-Born Doctors
Natural-Born Doctors
Sabrina Richards | Oct 23, 2012
Bees, sheep, and chimps are just a few of the animals known to self-medicate. Can they teach us about maintaining our own health?
A Parasite’s Parasites
A Parasite’s Parasites
Ed Yong | Oct 15, 2012
French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.
Biofuels by the Numbers
Biofuels by the Numbers
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.
Growing Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
In with the New
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2012
There is definitely no shortage of technological innovation in the life sciences.