Monthly Archives: September 2016

Caterpillar Disease Paralysis

Caterpillars suffering from bacterial infections often stop moving and become lethargic. The paralytic proteins (cytokines) present in caterpillar hemolymph are involved. The same contractile paralysis that is initiated by paralytic proteins can be induced by injecting bacteria into the hemocoel … Continue reading

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Caterpillar Paralytic Proteins

Caterpillars of silkworms and other moths are known to produce peptides (cytokines) that can cause larval paralysis. It is speculated that these peptides may serve as a partial defense against parasitoids. The levels of paralytic peptide that can be isolated … Continue reading

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Lurking in the Shadows

First Chikungunya and now Zika have “gone viral (literally) in the Caribbean and South America. It is unknown why these viruses went from relative obscurity in the African rain forests to become widespread epidemics. They are not the only viruses being … Continue reading

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Zika Update

Florida is making some progress with its aggressive spraying of insecticides to control mosquitos that vector Zika Virus. The Wynwood area north of Miami, the first site of local Zika transmission, has not had a new transmission case in 45 … Continue reading

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Insect Graphic Design

Carl Struwe was a German graphic designer who became fascinated by the pattens in nature, especially those made visible by the microscope.   His first “microscope art” was from the jaw of a whale in 1926.   Subsequently, he photographed other … Continue reading

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Living With Urbanization

The world is becoming more urban. The percentage of humans living in urban areas is steadily increasing. About half the human population today lives in urban areas. That percentage is predicted to reach 67% by 2050. How does urbanization impact … Continue reading

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Venom Allergies and EpiPen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 52 workplace deaths from bee stings between 2003 and 2010. On average over 50 people in the US die from sting allergies annually. Many more people are stung. Many people with allergies to stinging … Continue reading

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