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Entomology News 2005

NYC School Shows How to Bait, Trap Rats
New York Opens Rodent Control Academy to Help Exterminators Wage War on City's Rat Population

The Associated Press
Sunday, December 11, 2005

NEW YORK -- City officials hoping better educated foot soldiers can wage a smarter battle against an all-time high rat population have opened the Rodent Control Academy, an insitution of higher learning about vermin that scurry around in low places.

Geneticists Work to Map Body Lice Genome
The Associated Press
Thursday, December 8, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Indiana geneticists are playing key roles in a national effort to map the DNA of body lice the tiny, biting insect that spreads typhus in developing nations.

A detailed map of the insect's genome could help researchers develop improved pesticides to control the pest or better drugs to hamper its ability to spread diseases to humans.

Almost invisible destructive insect sends researchers to the Far East

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The list of enemies is made, and now Purdue University researchers must find the most lethal one by returning to the target's native home in the Orient. [Full Story]

New technology developed at Purdue combats serious soybean pest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A soybean pest responsible for an estimated $1.4 billion dollars in U.S. crop losses each year will soon go hungry, thanks to Purdue University research. [Full Story]

Discovery of gliding ants shows wingless flight has arisen throughout the animal kingdom

  An amazing variety of arboreal animals have learned to glide through the forest, from flying squirrels to flying lizards and frogs, and even — frightening as it sounds — snakes.
Now, add ants to that list, say biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB).
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