Claim: The Brazilian Zika virus strain causes birth defects in experimental models

“Here we demonstrate that the ZIKVBR infects fetuses, causing intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), including signs of microcephaly in mice.” Continue reading Claim: The Brazilian Zika virus strain causes birth defects in experimental models

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

For the last couple of years, activists have been telling us that Monarchs are about to go extinct because farmers are planting GMO corn fence post to fence post and using glyphosate to kill the Monarch’s favored milkweed. Sounds plausible…but turns out it’s not true. Continue reading Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

First description of 2015 Zika virus outbreak in Rio de Janiero

“The main route of ZIKV transmission is assumed to be through bites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, though only 38% of the patients with confirmed disease specifically remembered mosquito bites.” Continue reading First description of 2015 Zika virus outbreak in Rio de Janiero