Latest Susceptible individual Stories

2012-04-02 11:08:30

Less resistance can sometimes be better than more--at least in a freshwater lake When battling a deadly parasite epidemic, less resistance can sometimes be better than more, a new study suggests. A freshwater zooplankton species known as Daphnia dentifera endures periodic epidemics of a virulent yeast parasite that can infect more than 60 percent of the Daphnia population. During these epidemics, the Daphnia population evolves quickly, balancing infection resistance and reproduction....

2012-03-30 13:23:23

When it comes to battling a deadly parasite epidemic, it may be better not to fight it.  A new study of freshwater zooplankton suggests less is more when it comes to evolving against a parasitic epidemic. The zooplankton, known as Daphnia dentifera, has been found to endure a yeast parasite infection known to affect more than 60% of its population. What scientists found interesting is how quickly the Daphnia population evolves, balancing infection, resistance, and reproduction....

2011-01-03 14:10:11

Based on quantum mechanics theory With the current outbreak of the flu season in Israel, hospitals are reporting overcrowding, and doctors are advising people who have not yet been vaccinated against flu to get their shots. Surprisingly, however, three physicists -- one from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two others from the University of Michigan "“ have developed an unconventional, theoretical strategy for intensive but limited vaccination against infectious diseases (such as...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.