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The frequent presence of leeches with a hidden lifestyle in the mantle cavity of freshwater mussels has been recorded since the second half of...

From plants, scientists extract better way to determine what our genes do

An improved technique will help explore genetic diseases and benefit drug development. It could also lead to better, safer weed killers.

Study: Actually, potted plants don’t improve indoor air quality

Plants can help spruce up a home or office space, but claims about their ability to improve the air quality are vastly overstated, according...

Pharmacy in the jungle study reveals indigenous people’s choice of medicinal plants

In one of the most diverse studies of the non-random medicinal plants selection by gender, age and exposure to outside influences from working with...

Invasive blue catfish can tolerate high salinities

A new study warns that blue catfish -- an invasive species in several Chesapeake Bay tributaries -- tolerate salinities higher than most freshwater fishes,...

Critical protein that could unlock West Nile/Zika virus treatments identified

Scientists have identified a protein that is critical in controlling replication of West Nile and Zika viruses -- and could be important for developing...

Infectious cancer in mussels spread across the Atlantic

An infectious cancer that originated in 1 species of mussel growing in the Northern Hemisphere has spread to related mussels in South America and...

Jaw-some wombats may be great survivors

Flexible jaws may help wombats better survive in a changing world by adapting to climate change's effect on vegetation and new diets in conservation...

New ranavirus threatens US amphibian diversity

Biologists modeled how a chimeric Frog virus 3 (FV3)-like ranavirus, also known as RCV-Z2, could spread rapidly throughout a population of North American wood...

Crab disease poses threat to shellfish stocks

Shore crabs carry parasites that pose a major threat to shellfish stocks. In a new study, researchers have used several different detection methods, including...

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