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Leeches To Track Mammal DNA In Jungles
2012-04-24 06:10:55

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Researchers from Copenhagen Zoo and the University of Copenhagen have discovered a way to track mammals in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Scientists collected leeches from the jungles to analyze the blood and DNA of animals taken by the parasites. With this new method, researchers will be able to study the biodiversity of the mammals without having to track each one down. The findings, to be published in science journal Current Biology, allow scientists to...

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2010-04-15 08:54:25

This new T. rex has ferociously large teeth lining a single jaw. But its length is less than 2 inches. Tyrannobdella rex, which means tyrant leech king, is a new species of blood sucker that lives in the remote parts of the Upper Amazon. Although its regular host remains unknown, it was discovered three years ago in Perú when a 44.5 millimeter leech was plucked from the nose of a girl who had recently been bathing in a river. The new species, described in PLoS ONE, has led...

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2009-11-04 13:55:00

As the use of leeches in a variety of medical therapies is beginning to increase in popularity, an institution in Russia is hoping to cash in. The International Medical Leech Center in Udelnaya refers to itself as the world's largest leech-growing facility. Many experts and leading institutions have begun approving the use of leeches for medical procedures. Earlier this year, the American Journal of Nursing confirmed a resurgence of leech therapy, primarily among patients who underwent...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.