Mosquito preferences for people is in the genes

In National Public Radio. (you can listen to the podcast also if you follow the link)

A study that asked a few dozen pairs of twins to brave a swarm of hungry mosquitoes has revealed another clue to the cluster of reasons the insects are more attracted to some people than others: Genes matter.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent ‘Reservoirs’

From New Hampshire Public Radio

by Joel Rose

New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.

City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.

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New Orleans’ Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

On National Public Radio

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

“The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned,” Thompson says.

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Biological Control, Deconstructed, Part 1

For those of us who have ever visited a country where the risk of dengue fever was fairly high, the news on National Public Radio a few weeks ago was good news indeed. A group of scientists have discovered a virus that will render a mosquito incapable of transmitting dengue fever. After several years of testing, scientist Scott O’Neill of Monash University is planning to release the virus—which is typically carried by fruit flies—in several countries where dengue fever is prevalent.

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