Nature's Medicine Cabinet Helps Reduce Disease Load

A study by evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler and other researchers found that bees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural toxins present in plant nectar. Their study appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Difficulties in Developing New Antibiotics

Margaret Riley, Biology, was featured in a story about the difficulty researchers encounter trying to develop new antibiotics and ways to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She says she was unable to get the help she needed from the U.S. government or from private pharmaceutical companies and eventually had to work with a company in China that is supported by the Chinese government. International Business Times

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Michele Markstein - Fighting Cancer with Fruit Flies

Michele Markstein, Biology, was featured on "The Academic Minute,” discussing how she uses genetically engineered Drosophila, or fruit flies, with human genes, causing them to grow tumors for studying.

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Biologists Co-Edit New Book on Animal Signaling

Jeffrey E. Podos and Duncan J. Irschick, both Biology, with co-editor Mark Briffa, have edited Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach, bringing together a diverse collection of researchers who use a variety of methods and taxa to study animal signaling in a new integrative approach.

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