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Chemical Compound Could Mask Human Smells From Mosquitoes
2013-09-10 10:01:54

[ Watch the Video: Masking Our Scent So We Don’t Get Bit ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Mosquitoes are arguably the most dangerous insects on Earth, but researchers from the USDA’s Mosquito and Fly Unit in Gainesville, Florida are currently working on a new form of protection against the blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. In research presented at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, research chemist Dr....

2012-04-09 13:22:13

Black flies drink blood and spread disease such as river blindness-creating misery with their presence. A University of Georgia study, however, proves that the pesky insects can be useful. Don Champagne, an entomology professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discovered a way to use the black fly's blood-sucking tactics for medical advancement. "In order to feed on blood, these insects have to contend with our natural defense agents against blood...

Mosquito Repellant Could Be Frightening For Mosquitoes!
2012-02-28 04:08:12

[ Watch the Video ] Repellant overwhelms their odor sensors, scaring them away In a small, narrow, temperature-controlled lab room at Vanderbilt University live some of the most deadly and dangerous animals in the world. "These are Anopheles mosquitoes that still think that they're in Central Africa. We won't tell them any different," says Laurence Zwiebel, professor of molecular biology and pharmacology. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes can be killers. In warmer climates, the...

Addressing Pain And Disease On The Fly
2011-12-07 09:29:43

How fruit flies can teach us about curing chronic pain and halting mosquito-borne diseases Studies of a protein that fruit flies use to sense heat and chemicals may someday provide solutions to human pain and the control of disease-spreading mosquitoes. In the current issue of the journal Nature, biologist Paul Garrity of the National Center for Behavioral Genomics at Brandeis University and his team, spearheaded by KyeongJin Kang and Vince Panzano in the Garrity lab, report how fruit...

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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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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.