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Stories with subject: Biology
  • Living with people they bite, Zika mosquitoes hard to fight story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-08-16 10:38 pm

    SAVANNAH, Georgia - The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the houses and yards of the people they bite, insect experts noted Monday.

  • Inmate death being investigated as homicide 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 7:03 pm

    LANCASTER, California - Officials at a Los Angeles County state prison say they are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell as a homicide and that his cellmate is a suspect.

  • Studies aim to restore habitat of imperiled Northwest fish story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 6:12 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations.

  • Nebraska biology professor to speak on meme culture 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 5:01 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - A Doane College biology professor says viral text and images spread by Internet users separate humans from everything else.

  • Angoon officials worry about mercury in subsistence foods 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 1:04 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The city and tribal government of Angoon want state health officials to look into mercury levels in seals and other subsistence foods near Hawk Inlet.

  • Groups file suit to keep goats out of La Sal Mountains 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 10:46 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - Plant protection groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service, saying mountain goats released in the La Sal Mountains in southeast Utah are damaging rare species of plants.

  • Local researcher continues grandfather's work on Zika virus 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 9:00 am

    FREDERICK, Maryland - As the Zika virus rages through South and Central America, probably causing women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads, few people understand that the virus has its origins in Africa. And even fewer realize that the man who originally discovered the virus 70 years ago, Alexander John Haddow, has a Frederick and a Fort Detrick connection.

  • Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:19 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:42 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:46 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:50 am

    On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals.

  • LaGrange College launches $21M project to boost sciences 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:12 am

    LAGRANGE, Georgia - LaGrange College officials have announced a $21 million project to produce a 43,000-square-foot laboratory facility and renovate a 27,000-square-foot science building.

  • Food industry looks to Congress as GMO labeling law nears story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients.

  • Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:42 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it.

  • In Boston area, the bald eagle population is soaring story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:26 pm

    BOSTON - People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren't hallucinating - there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts say.

  • Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.

  • Studies coming on Maine lobsters focus on warming, economy 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 11:25 am

    PORTLAND, Maine - Two studies will try to determine the economic impact of Maine lobsters and how warming ocean waters impact the crustacean's biology.

  • $6.5M to help Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 10:03 am

    ANN ARBOR, Michigan - A $6.5 million grant will help a University of Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells, the small number of cells within a tumor that fuel its growth and spread.

  • Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:05 am

    Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could cure the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

  • Mystery meat: Was it really woolly mammoth on the menu? story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 6:34 pm

    When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric wooly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier.

  • US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:28 pm

    NEW YORK - A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.

  • Report: It's ethical to test embryos from DNA of 3 people story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 4:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people - dad, mom and an egg donor - advisers to the government said Wednesday.

  • Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread disease more story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 1:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - In its brief lifespan, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is caught in a race: Will it pass the disease to humans before it dies?

  • Montana lab to focus on Zika virus research 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 12:19 pm

    MISSOULA, Montana - The Zika virus recently captured worldwide attention, but a Montana lab has been studying the virus since it began spreading in Brazil last November.