A New Malaria Pathogen Found In Chimpanzees From Gabon

Plasmodium falciparum is the protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans and ultimately the death of 2-3 million people a year. If you didn't know, malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. Only one other malaria causing protozoan, a sister species of the P. falciparum parasite, P.... Continue Reading →

Tierra Wilson’s Research Project: Sampling Gorilla Saliva For Pathogens

I have had the pleasure of working with Tierra Wilson for a couple years at the Gorilla Foundation. Since then, she's moved off to veterinary school and I to graduate school. We've kept in touch and I was elated to hear that she's going to Rwanda earlier this summer to study the mountain gorillas there.... Continue Reading →

Using Macaques to treat Parkinson’s Disease

I consider Pakinson's a very devastating neurodegenerative disease because the affected individuals are fully aware of their degeneration. Unlike Alzheimer's, where individuals become jaded as the disease progresses, individuals with Parkinson's are very conscious of what's happening or actually what's not functioning correctly -- and they can't do a thing about it! So some new findings... Continue Reading →

The Curse of the Monkey’s Paw

Did you know that between October 2005 to September 2006, US airport inspectors "reported 50 incidents of discovered bushmeat, with each shipment averaging about 9 pounds? That works out to about one shipment being caught every week!" That is what the CDC has reported in an article over at ABC News. The article, "Bushmeat: Curse... Continue Reading →

Guess where humans got crabs from?

The science blogosphere has been buzzing about new published research that has focused studying the origins of a sexually transmitted disease, crabs which also known as pubic lice. Before I talk about this paper I wanna thank Carl Zimmer, who opened up a public discussion with a question of the day: How Do You Get... Continue Reading →

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