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journal of experimental biology

Setting mosquito hearts racing

Apr. 23, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers have figured out how to set the mosquito's heart racing, helping them understand how the insect's immune system works and the methods that mosquito-borne parasites like those that cause malaria and yellow fever employ to circumvent it.

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Vanderbilt researchers: Alligators and crocodiles possess acute sense of touch.

Dec. 18, 2012—Crocodiles and alligators are notorious for their thick skin and well-armored bodies. So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that their sense of touch is one of the most acute in the animal kingdom. The crocodilian sense of touch is concentrated in a series of small, pigmented domes that dot their skin...

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