Vampire spiders preventing malaria?

Vampire spiders preventing malaria?

Vampire spiders: it sounds like the subject of a bad dream, but in areas where malaria kills hundreds of thousands each year, these arachnids could actually be a dream come true! Two specific species of spiders, Evarcha culicivora (found in East Africa) and Paracyrba wanlessi (found in Malaysia), primarily prey on the female mosquitoes and […]

Genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes, and in Brazil, more than a million new cases of the disease can be seen each year. But researchers have now released a new weapon against the disease- in the form of genetically modified mosquitoes. Recently released in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba, these modified mosquitoes are all males, […]

Stopping malaria by stopping mosquito bites?

Stopping malaria by stopping mosquito bites?

Everyone knows that mosquitoes bite, but did you know that some species are a bit more selective? The mosquito Wyeomyia smithii can be found in the eastern United States, but only the ones that live south of North Carolina will bite in order to feast on blood. Mosquitoes of the same species that live in […]

Stopping malaria by stopping mosquito bites?

Mosquito sex changes: not science fiction any more …

It’s that time of year… mosquito season. Mosquitoes are responsible for quite a bit of disease spread, including yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and canine heartworm, just to name a few. In the case of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, the females are the problem – males don’t bite, and therefore won’t spread disease. So […]

Stopping malaria by stopping mosquito bites?

Mosquitoes: Why are YOU on their menu?

For whatever reason, mosquitoes LOVE me. I can be outside with a group of a dozen people, and I’m swatting mosquitoes left and right while everyone else gets one or two measly bites. WHY ME? Can you relate? Are you a mosquito magnet, too? Well, researchers may have figured out part of the reason- and […]