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Laurence Zwiebel

Zwiebel Lab adds ants to its research repertoire

Sep. 13, 2012—After more than a decade spent successfully decoding the malaria mosquito’s sense of smell, the Zwiebel Lab has added ant olfaction to its research repertoire and has just received a major grant to pursue this new avenue for the next four years.

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Ants have an exceptionally high-def sense of smell

Sep. 10, 2012—Ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects, a team of researchers have discovered.

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Video: New, strong insect repellent discovered

Apr. 11, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a new insect repellent compound that may be thousands of times stronger than DEET, the active ingredient currently in common mosquito repellents. This new compound is the first of its kind in the world.  

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Science Nation: New mosquito repellant could be frightening…for mosquitoes

Mar. 6, 2012—http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/nosingoutmosquitoes.jsp

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Top 20 news stories of 2011

Dec. 29, 2011—Bionics, time travel, Bono and, of course, cicadas are just some of the exciting stories that marked 2011 at Vanderbilt. Below are the year’s top 20 Vanderbilt news stories, in order of the number of views they each received on the Vanderbilt News Network.

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Nashville innovations

Aug. 23, 2011—Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs: Cave Chemistry. This is an effort of Associate Professor...

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New insect repellant may be thousands of times stronger than DEET

May. 9, 2011—Discovery of a new class of insect repellant raises the possibility of formulations that are thousands of times more effective than current repellants.

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Mosquitoes use several different kinds of odor sensors to track human prey

Aug. 31, 2010—Origin of DEET’s repellent effect confirmed It now appears that the malaria mosquito needs more than one family of odor sensors to sniff out its human prey. That is the implication of new research into the mosquito’s sense of smell published in the Aug. 31 issue of the online, open-access journal Public Library of Science...

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