Structurally designed DNA star creates ultra-sensitive test for dengue virus

By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, researchers have created a trap that captures Dengue virus as it floats in the bloodstream. Once sprung, the trap – which is non-toxic and is naturally cleared from the body – lights up. It’s the most sensitive test for … Read more Structurally designed DNA star creates ultra-sensitive test for dengue virus

Satellite, drone photos could help predict infections of a widespread tropical disease

Satellite images, drone photos and even Google Earth could help identify communities most at risk for getting one of the world’s worst tropical diseases. A team led by the University of Washington and Stanford University has discovered clues in the environment that help identify transmission hotspots for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that is second only … Read more Satellite, drone photos could help predict infections of a widespread tropical disease

Malaria expert warns of need for malaria drug to treat severe cases in US

Each year there are more than 200 million cases of malaria worldwide, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite that brings on fever and body aches and, in some cases, more serious conditions such as coma and death. While the vast majority of these cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the U.S. each … Read more Malaria expert warns of need for malaria drug to treat severe cases in US

Ancient feces reveal parasites in 8,000-year-old village of Çatalhöyük

People first gave up hunting and gathering and turned to farming in the Near East, around 10,000 years ago. The settlement of Çatalhöyük is famous for being an incredibly well preserved early village founded around 7,100 BC. The population of Çatalhöyük were early farmers, growing crops such as wheat and barley, and herding sheep and … Read more Ancient feces reveal parasites in 8,000-year-old village of Çatalhöyük