How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  evolution  covid-19  mice  colonies  animals  social-distancing  isolation  coronavirus-2020  altruism  bats  animal-behavior  ants  contagion  monkeys

It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.

Peter Alagona, Associate Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  mammals  ecology  coronavirus-2020  viruses  pollinators  bats  endangered-species  zoonotic-diseases

Vampire bats 'French kiss with blood' to form lasting bonds

Researchers observing the mammals saw them sharing regurgitated blood with their neighbours.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 20, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals bats

How we know the new coronavirus comes from nature

"We determined that SARS-CoV-2 originated through natural processes by comparing the genetic sequences and protein structures of other coronaviruses to those of new virus..."

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution covid-19 genomes viruses bats featured health-and-medicine

Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution conservation bats endangered-species fungus featured earth-and-environment natural-selection

Are corrugated pipe ‘doors’ too confusing for bats?

New research suggests corrugated metal pipes might not be the best option for letting bats into caves and mines while keeping people out.

Brown University • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: mining bats earth-and-environment echolocation caves


Bats might actually benefit from wildfires

Bats face many threats—but a new study shows wildfire isn't one of them. In fact, some actually benefit from it.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: wildfire forests bats habitat science-and-technology

Glowing bats show ‘contagious’ vaccines can fight rabies

A spreadable rabies vaccine could work better than the current policy of culling bats that spread the disease.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: vaccines bats fluorescence health-and-medicine rabies

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