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Social Network Research Could Boost Conservation Efforts For Prairie Dogs
2014-07-29 03:28:36

North Carolina State University Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts. The work was done by researchers from North Carolina State University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). “Prairie dogs are increasingly rare and...

Did Human Survivorship Improve Following The Black Death Epidemic?
2014-05-08 08:46:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killing tens of millions of Europeans during the mid-1300s, the medieval Black Death plague was one of the worst disease outbreaks humans have ever faced. But as devastating as the disease was, it may have helped human survival over the course of many generations, according to new research from Sharon DeWitte, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology at the University of South Carolina. Previous studies have shown that...

London Crossrail Project Unearths History Of Black Death
2014-03-31 08:45:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A forensic analysis of teeth taken from 660-year-old skeletons recently dug up during London’s Crossrail project excavations reveal that the corpses were the victims from the great Black Death pandemic of the 14th century. The skeletal teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and were dated to 1348-50. According to historical records, thousands of Londoners perished during these years and were dumped in a mass...

Pathogen Responsible For Two Historical Plagues Could Reemerge
2014-01-28 10:26:57

[ Watch the Video: Pathogen Behind Ancient Plagues Could Come Back Someday ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Both the Plague of Justinian in 541 and Black Death some 800 years later were responsible for widespread fatalities across Europe. Now, new research in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found that both pandemics were caused by different strains of the same pathogen. The international team of study authors also concluded that a new strain of plague...

Uncontrolled Deforestation Linked To Deadly Madagascar Plague
2013-12-16 08:37:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people hear of the bubonic plague they tend to think of the Black Death pandemic that swept through the western world in the Middle Ages, wiping out nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Black Death plague was the single biggest killer of people across the world from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and surprisingly today, the bubonic plague is still a big problem in many parts of the world....

Plague-Infected Squirrel Leads To LA Campground Scare
2013-07-26 13:47:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Several popular areas in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California were shut down Wednesday when a squirrel there tested positive for the plague. Los Angeles County health officials and the US Forest Service shut down the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops areas around the Table Mountain campground, which is located northwest of LA. While performing "routine surveillance activities" on July 16, National...

Bubonic Plague Caught Just In Time, Young Girl Survives Ordeal
2012-09-06 10:50:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A seven-year-old girl from Pagosa Springs, Colorado has survived the bubonic plague after a two week fight at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke´s. The is the first confirmed case in the state of Colorado in more than six years. The girl picked up the infection during a picnic at a Colorado campground when she asked her parents to give a half-eaten squirrel carcass a proper burial. Apparently fleas...

Prehistoric Flea-Like Insects Were A Mean Bunch
2012-05-02 07:09:47

Illustration by Wang Cheng, Oregon State University --- Massive flea-like insect fossils discovered by Chinese scientists are believed to be the oldest of their kind, and may have feasted on dinosaurs some 165 million years ago, according to zoologists who analyzed the creatures. The fossils were discovered in Inner Mongolia by a group of Chinese scientists, and recently announced in the journal Current Biology. The blood-sucking pests, which are similar to fleas, are more likely...

Black Death Genome Could Reveal Secrets of Ancient And Modern Pathogens
2011-10-13 04:32:16

Scientists have successfully mapped the complete genome of the Black Death - the bubonic plague that wiped out 50 million Europeans between 1347 and 1351 and remains one of the most severe epidemics of all time - various news agencies reported on Wednesday. According to Kate Kelland of Reuters, an international team of researchers extracted and purified DNA from the remains from victims buried in the so-called plague pits of London. "Building on previous research which showed that a...


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2005-09-08 11:45:51

PHOTO CAPTION: Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea (photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Janice Carr) Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Some well known flea species include: Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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