Bloodthirsty tsetse flies nurse their young, one live birth at a time – understanding this unusual strategy could help fight the disease they spread

This insect's unique reproductive biology could lead to new ways to control the species in the environment – and prevent the deadly sleeping sickness it spreads to people.

Geoff Attardo, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reproduction insects molecular-biology entomology tsetse-fly tsetse-flies milk larvae sleeping-sickness trypanosomiasis lactation african-sleeping-sickness viviparous symbiont

Scientists tap the world's most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus

Scanning through billions of chemicals to find a few potential drugs for treating COVID-19 requires computers that harness together thousands of processors.

Jeremy Smith, Governor's Chair, Biophysics, University of Tennessee • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: medicine drug-discovery covid-19 coronavirus pandemic molecular-biology antiviral-drugs viruses computational-biology proteins sars-cov2 biophysics drug supercomputers

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