DISEASE SPREADER Scientists have gained new insights into how Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes (one shown), a major vector for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, fend off the parasites that cause the disease.
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WHAT’S IN YOUR EAR? Studying earwax (sample below the type of animal donor species) might inspire new ways to reduce dust buildup.
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LEGGY MULTITASKERS The skinny legs of sea spiders (one shown from Antarctica) hold guts that digest food and help pump blood.