S & M with Ticks! – Ticks of North America Part 1

Pliny the Elder's beliefs on ticks Since people have looked out at their natural world, they have sought to classify and understand all life, including ticks. Pliny the Elder wrote the first natural history text around 79 AD. He noticed ticks preferred some species of mammal over others. Pliny witnessed ticks feed, massively expand, release […]

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Do you like your drugs right or left-handed?

Which are you? Are you right or left-handed? What about your DNA? That’s right, your DNA has handedness or what chemists call chirality. Unlike human populations which has a mix of right and left-handedness, all DNA, and most molecules made in nature do not present as mixtures. Understanding chirality explains essential aspects of both drugs […]

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Bobcat Fever

First described in Missouri in 1970, Cytauxzoon felis is a tick-transmitted protozoan within the family Theileriidae.  Bobcats and recovered domestic cats act as reservoir hosts for Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick).  As with other vector-borne diseases, a tick ingests the parasite from an infected host and transmits it to a naive host at the next […]

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