Invasive ticks are spreading without any males

All the adult Asian longhorned ticks found in the United States so far have been female. Here's why.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects genes invasive-species ticks parasites earth-and-environment

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

Try this app to avoid ticks this summer

With summer's arrival, avoiding ticks and the Lyme disease they spread is super important. A phone app can give you the facts you need to know.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects apps ticks lyme-disease mobile-devices parasites featured health-and-medicine citizen-scientists

Parasitic worms in your shellfish lead a creepy but popular lifestyle

Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.

Andrew David, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biology shellfish worms calcium-carbonate aquaculture food-webs ecosystems invasive-species parasites zoology scallops abalone larvae

Team finds all-new species—on Twitter

Researchers first discovered the aptly named Troglomyces twitteri fungus by spotting it in an image of a millipede on Twitter.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: twitter new-species fungus parasites science-and-technology

The malaria parasite has its own internal clock

Understanding how the malaria parasite keeps time could help develop new weapons against a disease that kills a child every two minutes.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria cells parasites health-and-medicine immune-systems

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Early evening is the prime time for malaria infection

Mosquitoes are more likely to infect people with malaria in the early evening than in the middle of the night or the early morning, researchers find.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria temperature parasites time health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Antibody ‘kill switch’ could lead to malaria vaccine

The discovery of an antibody that trigger a "kill switch" in cells and cause them to self-destruct could lead to a new malaria vaccine.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: malaria vaccines antibodies parasites featured health-and-medicine

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