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Sweet tooth? Flies have it too—and new research explains how they know what to eat and when to stop

Sweet tooth? Flies have it too—and new research explains how they know what to eat and when to stopIn studying the eating behavior of fruit flies, scientists have discovered a set of throat neurons that regulate food intake based on how hungry the flies are and whether they’ve had enough sugar. A similar neural circuit may exist in vertebrates, like us. More »

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In the News – New York Times – Vosshall

Mapping a Genetic Strategy to Fight the Zika Virus   “Aware of the new technology, Dr. Vosshall floated the idea of a new Aedes map on Twitter: ‘The Aedes aegypti mosquito is infecting millions with #Zika and #Dengue,’ she wrote … More »

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In the News – PBS Newshour – Vosshall

Can mutant mosquitoes be used to fight Zika and dengue fever?  “‘Ultimately, how cool would it be to have a cream that you put on your arm that has a probiotic, right, that makes you demagnetized as a mosquito magnet?’ … More »

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In the News – The Atlantic – Vosshall

The Quest to Make a Better Mosquito Repellent   “It’s not easy for a human to find a mosquito that doesn’t want to be found, but a mosquito can locate us quite easily. It’s a human-seeking machine, sculpted by evolution … More »

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Mosquitoes are tuned to seek out temperatures that match warm-blooded hosts

Mosquitoes are tuned to seek out temperatures that match warm-blooded hostsResearchers have described a process that allows the insects to distinguish between temperatures with high precision to find their prey. Studies like this one may help generate better repellents, traps, and other ways to control mosquitoes. More »

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Funding from Kavli Foundation to establish new institute at Rockefeller devoted to neuroscience

The Kavli Foundation and The Rockefeller University today announced the formation of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute (Kavli NSI) at Rockefeller, funded by a $20 million endowment supported equally by Kavli and Rockefeller. The Institute will become part of a network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics. More »

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Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases

Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseasesRockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever. More »

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Research suggests how mosquitoes evolved an attraction to human scent

Research suggests how mosquitoes evolved an attraction to human scentTo understand the evolutionary basis of the mosquito’s attraction to humans, scientists examined the genes that drive preferences of two different subspecies. Their findings suggest that Aedes aegypti aegypti acquired a love for human body odor, a key step in specializing on people. More »

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Waging a losing war against mosquitoes   “We had no winter in the Northeast this year, and so there’s a lot of predictions from mosquito control experts that we’re going to have a really huge season of high populations of … More »

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