Bats have a remarkably strong immune system that helps protect them from deadly diseases like Ebola. Researchers suggest this unique ability could be adapted to improve human health.
Numerous California songbirds known as pine siskins have been found dead from a communicable disease known as Salmonellosis. As a result, state officials urge people to remove artificial food sources such as birdbaths and feeders.
Pierce's disease has been wreaking havoc on Californian grapevines since the 1890s. But researchers have identified an enzyme that helps explain the disease's extensive damage and could lead to bettter protection of the vines.
Amphibians throughout the world are threatened with extinction due to disease, climate change and habitat loss, among other serious factors. Now, as a kind of New Year resolution, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) has assigned itself the lofty goal of protecting each and every unique species.
Millions of lab mice suffer from an infectious skin disease known as ulcerative dermatitis. However, researchers from Stanford University have come up with a novel cure – pedicures – that is cost effective and keeps the rodent subjects from having to be euthanized, the ultimate plus for reseachers.
Using three male and three female sand flies from a Brazilian state park, researchers have unveiled a new species of the pesky, disease-carrying bugs.
Snake Fungal Disease (SFD) is an emerging disease found in snakes throughout the eastern U.S. When infected, snakes exhibit discolored and crusty scabs, among many other abnormalities. However, researchers recently revealed the culprit behind the mysterious skin disease.
A deadly virus spreading along North America's Pacific coast continues to claim many iconic starfish species. When infected, the marine creatures develop lesions and deteriorate rapidly. The magnitude of the recent epidemic is worrying researchers.
A deadly fish disease known as VHSv has plagued hundreds of freshwater fish in Lake Winnebago, in Wisconsin. While some older individuals have developed a resistance toward the disease, they could spread the disease to younger fish and cause another mass die-off in the future.
Indian Mynas are also carrying exotic strands of avian malaria which is threatening native wildlife.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
Bacteria found on some frogs' skin naturally protects the amphibian from a deadly skin disease that is already affecting 500 species of amphibians worldwide.
It turns out that alerting us when little Timmy take a dip in the well isn't all that Lassie is good for. Dogs in Florida recently revealed to experts that some 20 ancient and historic avocado trees have contracted a deadly disease.
A 16-year-old's design of a silk-containing card that will transport disease antibodies (Ebola, HIV and others) without refrigeration for up to a week. It is low-cost and intended to test even patients who lack symptoms.