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 are working to protect invaluable living collections during coronavirus lockdowns

From fungi and flies to spiders and fish, living collections need care and feeding even when their human keepers are dealing with a pandemic and its resultant social distancing.

Rita Rio, Professor of Biology, West Virginia University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: collections social-distancing fungi coronavirus-2020 fungus tsetse-fly tsetse-flies natural-history-collections coronavirus-and-social-distancing coronavirus-pandemic

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