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How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas
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How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas

The diseases that emerge from Africa are many and successful. Now we know from published research that some of them are cross-infections (zoonoses) from our closest relatives living there. The 4 phylogenetic forms of the immunodeficiency virus AIDS are M, the ...
Spider bites and necrosis!
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Spider bites and necrosis!

Two spiders are featured in this paper. One is a spitting spider, Scytodes globula and the other a house spider, bites humans when it encounters them in warm places at night. Beware the bath towel ! We have encountered spitting spiders in the story on ants and...
Has the mosquito had its Day?
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Has the mosquito had its Day?

The 119th World Mosquito Day, today, heralds no instant solution to the infections carried by our close friends, the females of various mosquito species. Here was the Asian tiger mosquito, pictured above, in case you see one, that has carried tropical dengue a...
Mountains of men in the Dinaric Alps-a study worthy of work in several more regions.
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Mountains of men in the Dinaric Alps-a study worthy of work in several more regions.

Tall people exist in many regions, sometimes influenced by the hybridisation encouraged by some of the great human migrations and movements. There is a set of genes or haplogroup that enables great height, encouraged by suitable nutrition and environment. The ...