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2011-08-10 10:00:00

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott's Ibis Biosciences today introduced a new molecular assay to detect a wide variety of vector-borne microorganisms, including those known to cause Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. Vector-borne pathogens are microorganisms that are typically transmitted by arthropods such as ticks, mosquitoes or fleas. The PLEX-ID(TM) Vector-borne test, which is intended for non-diagnostic use, has...

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2011-08-09 11:05:00

Scientists have created spermless mosquitoes in an effort to curb the spread of malaria. Experts say this could be an important step to reducing the mosquito populations in the wild. Malaria kills about a million people around the world every year and accounts for 20 percent of all childhood deaths in Africa. Scientists injected 10,000 mosquito embryos with tiny fragments of RNA designed to turn off a gene known as zpg. The researchers created about 100 spermless mosquitoes that females...

2011-07-22 14:34:21

An experimental research carried out in Sant Cugat del Valls and Rubí, coordinated by researchers from UAB, assessed the efficacy of a combination of strategies to reduce the population of tiger mosquitos (Aedes albopictus). The research began in February 2008. The research focused on monitoring eggs found in small experimental traps. Researchers observed that for the first time, the number of eggs diminished after applying the measures. The strategies began with a visit to...

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2011-07-18 11:10:00

Inhibiting a molecular process cells use to direct proteins to their proper destinations causes more than 90 percent of affected mosquitoes to die within 48 hours of blood feeding, a team of biochemists at the University of Arizona found Mosquitoes die soon after a blood meal if certain protein components are experimentally disrupted, a team of biochemists at the University of Arizona has discovered. The approach could be used as an additional strategy in the worldwide effort to curb...

2011-07-07 14:48:07

Also used for treating lice in children and heartworm in pets, ivermectin could add malaria to long list of diseases it currently helps control A cheap, common heartworm medication that is already being used to fight other parasites in Africa could also dramatically interrupt transmission of malaria, potentially providing an inexpensive tool to fight a disease that kills almost 800,000 people each year, according to a new study published today in the July edition of the American Journal of...

2011-07-02 00:00:32

Incidence of tick attachments reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel Chapel Hill, NC and Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) July 01, 2011 A pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel. The report was published online March 11 in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic...

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2011-06-22 09:25:11

A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously appreciated. Led by researchers at the University of Illinois, the study gives an up-close view of one region affected by the steady march of deer ticks across the upper Midwest. Their advance began in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is moving at a pace of up to two counties a year in Illinois...

2011-06-16 08:06:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector Capital, a global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector, today announced it has completed its acquisition of RAE Systems, Inc. in a take-private transaction valued at approximately $138 million. In connection with the transaction, Vector partnered with CITIC Capital Partners, a leading China based private equity firm. RAE Systems, founded in 1991, is a leading provider of rapidly deployable connected, intelligent gas...

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2011-06-02 05:55:00

In a dramatic breakthrough in the battle against malaria, researchers have identified a low-cost chemical that interferes with a mosquito's ability to detect humans, scientists said on Wednesday. Experts hope the findings could help develop the next generation of mosquito traps and repellents, which could confuse, deter or trap the insects. The chemicals consist of odor molecules that disrupt carbon-dioxide sensors that alert mosquitoes to exhaled human breath, which signals the presence of a...

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2011-05-19 09:25:00

ESA is helping to take the bite out of mosquitoes and their deadly diseases by tracking their distribution and habitat via observation satellites, satnav, and mobile communications. The Vecmap initiative is testing the accurate mapping of mosquitoes in Europe, in particular, mosquitoes carrying diseases, for public health agencies and regional mosquito controllers. Testing began in 2009 in the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy. Transmitters of disease such as...


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2008-08-06 17:58:39

The Deer Fly (Chrysops spp.), also known as the "yellow fly", is a fly of the family Tabanidae that can be a pest to cattle, horses, and humans. It is often found in damp environments, such as wetlands or forests. It lays clusters of shiny black eggs on the leaves of small plants by water. The aquatic larvae feed on small insects and pupate in the mud at the edge of the water. The Deer Fly is often considered a horse-fly. A distinguishing characteristic is its patterned gold or green eyes....

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