Why bedbugs are back: Gene study offers clue
By: Philip Lop
“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”, says the famous rhyme but anybody that has ever experienced an infestation of these creatures will know that it’s no laughing matter. Now, as many cities are starting to see a resurgence in...
By: Sue A. Sponte
Private and military medical technology have overlapped throughout history. Military treatment of battle injuries and trauma have influenced private medical treatment of gunshot wounds and major trauma. But the interaction has been a two-way street. Advances in private medical technology have also improved military health...
The history of Drosophila melanogaster in science: How the fruit fly revolutionized genetics
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Drosophila melanogaster, more commonly known as the fruit fly due to its common proximity to unripe or dying fruit, is commonplace in genetics courses and university labs around the globe. This small and prolific species has been a staple of genetics research for more than...
By: Dr. Manura Nanayakkara
Urethra conducts urine from the bladder into the outside environment. In males it is a long tube that travels through various structures including the prostate gland. In females it is a very small tube that opens out into the introitus. Urethral stricture is a disease...
By: Elton Gahr
The sequencing of the human genome has been compared to the seven wonders of the ancient world and man landing on the moon; yet understanding our own genome gives us only a minor glimpse into what makes us human. Every creature on earth has its...
How skin protects the body from infection
By: Chelsea Padget
Skin, part of the Integumentary system, is the largest organ in the body. If stretched out flat, skin would measure about 20 feet. The skin weighs about seven to ten pounds. Skin covers the whole body, with the exception of the eyes, and acts as...
By: Elton Gahr
One of the most researched genomes in the world is that of the Drosophila fruit fly. This species is also known as the common fruit fly or vinegar fly. There are a number of reasons this is so useful including the ease in raising them...
By: D. Vogt
Over the past several decades, biologists have discovered, astoundingly, that we share 96%-98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, and over 90% with mice. These discoveries reveal something fascinating about the interconnectedness and shared origins of all life - although it also shows just how important...
How your brain picks just the right move
By: Gene Patterson
Is game play expertise hardwired? Maybe you have seen video games played and marveled at how fast the reactions times can sometimes be. Maybe you have played these games yourself and wondered how you are able to make the “right” move sometimes before you...
By: Suzanne Rose
The fruit fly might seem like a mild annoyance to the everyday person, yet its contribution to science is legendary. For many decades, it has been vital in studying genetics and has provided powerful breakthroughs during the birth of this fascinating and significant field. The...

 

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