Vulnerability Found in the Malaria Parasite

An international team of scientists has identified a key metabolic enzyme that common malaria parasites require for survival at each stage of infection in humans. The findings raise the possibility of a new approach to combating malaria, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. The study was published in the online edition of the journal Nature. […]

Navy Entomologists are Blasting Away Bugs

The U.S. Navy Entomology Center of Excellence is the Navy and Marine Corps center of expertise for operational entomology. They develop and evaluate novel products and application technologies to better protect deployed forces from insects that carry diseases, and they provide health protection through operational disease vector surveillance and control to enhance Navy and Marine […]

Insects on the Thanksgiving Menu in New Orleans

Today at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, insects are on the Thanksgiving menu. The feast, dubbed “Bug Appetit,” includes turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with a crispy cricket topping. The text on their website says, “Get ready for a fun-filled Hoppy Thanksgiving at […]

Scientists Offer Recommendations for Delaying Resistance to Bt Corn in Western Corn Rootworm

Corn that contains proteins that protect it from insect damage has been grown in the U.S. since the mid-1990s. Known as Bt corn, because the proteins are derived from a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, these plants have been widely grown by farmers. While Bt corn has been highly effective against the European corn borer, it […]

Can Trained Bees Detect Cancer in Patients?

Back in 2006, Science Daily ran an article about two scientists who were using wasps to detect drugs, explosives, toxic chemicals, and other substances. Five years later in 2011, Dr. Joe Lewis, a retired research entomologist at the University of Georgia in Athens, and Dr. Glen Rains, a biological and agricultural engineer, were featured in […]