Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

Crystal insecticide is 12x better at killing malaria mosquitoes

A new crystal form of deltamethrin—a common insecticide used to control malaria—is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pesticides malaria science-and-technology health-and-medicine mosquitoes

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.

Jason Rasgon, Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health  medicine  global-health  malaria  viruses  mosquitoes  sub-saharan-africa  dengue  aedes-aegypti  genetically-modified-mosquitoes

Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

The aim is to reduce insect-borne diseases but environmental groups warn of unforeseen consequences.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: florida mosquitos

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

Brain, behavior problems follow Zika in newborn monkeys

New research with rhesus monkeys indicates brain and behavior problems resulting from Zika virus infection soon after birth.

Lisa Newbern-Emory • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains zika viruses babies health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Treating fabric with this pesticide zaps mosquitoes

Transfluthrin, a pesticide that can kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could be applied to bed nets and curtains.

Duke-NUS • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pesticides malaria fabric health-and-medicine mosquitoes

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

How to protect kids from tick and mosquito bug bites

"Choosing the appropriate bug repellent can be confusing for parents. Some may protect against mosquitos but not ticks, for example."

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects parents childrens-health ticks lyme-disease parasites health-and-medicine mosquitoes

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