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Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host’s nutritional status
Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host’s nutritional status 05 July 2017A new study shows that the infectious agent responsible for malaria, the Plasmodium parasite, is able to sense its host’s nutritional status and actively adapt through changes in gene expression to reduce the number of offspring it produces.
Flexible flagella fight flow: Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment
Flexible flagella fight flow: Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment 27 June 2017A flexible tail allows swimming bacteria to thin the surrounding liquid and to free themselves when trapped along walls or obstacles, according to Penn State researchers. This finding could influence how bacterial growth is controlled.
Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet 22 June 2017A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.

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