Navigation Links
UW scientist sniffs out possible new tick species
Date:10/1/2013

MADISON In June 2012, Tony Goldberg returned from one of his frequent trips to Kibale National Park, an almost 500-square-mile forest in western Uganda where he studies how infectious diseases spread and evolve in the wild. But he didn't return alone.

"When I got back to the U.S., I realized I had a stowaway," says Goldberg, professor of pathobiological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and associate director for research in the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. "When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off."

But Goldberg is an old pro when it comes to nose ticks (this was not his first) and, after all, scientists are trained to be objective and rational. He calmly removed the tick with the aid of a long forceps, flashlight, and mirror, and put it in the freezer in a sealed tube to await further study.

Thankfully, the tick was intact enough post-yanking for DNA sequencing, a process that determines the exact order of nucleotides in a DNA molecule the genetic signature of a living organism. Goldberg worked with Sarah Hamer, a colleague at Texas A&M University, to sequence the tick's DNA and consulted with Lorenza Beati-Ziegler, curator of the U.S. National Tick Collection at Georgia Southern University, and neither could match the sequence with any species of tick in any database.

"Either it's a species of tick that is known but has never been sequenced, or it's a new species of tick," says Goldberg, who chronicled the discovery with his co-authors in the current (Sept. 30, 2013) online issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Goldberg's stowaway is not the first documented case of a Ugandan nose tick hitching a ride with humans, and others have speculated that these ticks normally infest chimpanzees, which are common in the park. Intrigued, Goldberg enlisted the help of Richa
'/>"/>

Contact: Tony Goldberg
tgoldberg@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
608-890-2618
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New Stroud scientist to advise US Army Corps on environmental impacts
2. Scientists tap into spinal response from gastric reflux
3. BGI scientists win BioMed Central Open Data Award
4. When cells eat their own power plants; Pitt scientists solve mystery of cellular process
5. UCI achieves rare trifecta: 3 scientists receive New Innovator Awards
6. Beyond the little blue pill: scientists develop compound that may treat priapism
7. 3D mapping is a Pisa cake for Aussie scientists
8. Scientists discover environmental enrichment for TBI patients may counter shrinkage in the brain
9. USC scientists ID protein that regulates cellular trafficking, potential for anti-cancer therapy
10. Scientists closer to universal flu vaccine after pandemic natural experiment
11. Online citizen scientists: Classify plankton images
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2014)... University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that ... in which scars develop in the lungs and severely ... miR-29, which is delivered to lung tissue intravenously. In ... reversed fibrosis after several days. , The findings ... Molecular Medicine . , "The mimic, when injected into ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Rochelle, NY, September 22, 2014Cassava, also known as tapioca, ... yields in areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America ... the availability of novel enzymes and processes designed to ... be used to produce sweeteners such as glucose, fructose, ... to corn, as described in a Review article in ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Antarctic fishes that manufacture their own "antifreeze" ... also suffer an unfortunate side effect, researchers report: ... bodies resist melting even when temperatures warm. ... Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . ... undesirable consequence of the evolution of antifreeze proteins ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Reversing the effects of pulmonary fibrosis 2Study: Antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fishes prevent freezingand melting 2Study: Antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fishes prevent freezingand melting 3
... HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012 (Pinksheets: MDBX) ( www.medboxinc.com ... 2nd quarter 2012 financials, which showed earnings of over $820,000 ... has almost doubled since the beginning of the year, and ... Medbox earns all its revenue through consulting services and the ...
... Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton has found ... increase the bleaching susceptibility of reef corals. Corals ... a layer of living tissue covering the calcareous skeletons. ... within the coral polyps. The coral animal ...
... effort at Arizona State University to educate and train ... by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through its Integrative ... is providing $3 million to ASU to help develop ... with the skills needed to find solutions to the ...
Cached Biology News:Medbox, Inc. Releases 2nd Quarter Financials 2Improving water quality can help save coral reefs 2ASU awarded $3 million to research solar energy technologies, launch energy Ph.D. program 2
(Date:9/23/2014)... 2014 Kamal Rashid , PhD, ... and Training Center (BETC) and research professor of biology ... 2014 , an international two-day event focused on biomanufacturing ... Global Summits, the event will bring together leaders of ... to develop and produce human therapeutics. “The growth curve ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... VA (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 ATCC, ... is pleased to announce two important appointments to the ... Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology and Dr. ... for the Standards Resource Center. Both roles are new ... H. Cypess, President and CEO at ATCC described the ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... Sept. 23, 2014  Age Defying Dermatology ® , ... has become one of the first clinics in the ... aesthetic laser for tattoo removal. The treatment safely and ... "For years, tattoo removal has been a lengthy, painful, ... "This is an opportunity to erase tattoo pigment more ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... 23, 2014   GenoSpace , a precision medicine ... tools to enable the broad use of genomic data ... has been awarded Phase I of a Fast Track ... Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable enhanced data access ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140922/147649 During the past ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biomanufacturing Expertise to be Featured in Berlin 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biomanufacturing Expertise to be Featured in Berlin 3ATCC Announces New Appointments to its Leadership Team 2ATCC Announces New Appointments to its Leadership Team 3Age Defy Now Offers World's Most Advanced Technology for Tattoo Removal 2GenoSpace Awarded Fast Track SBIR Grant to Enable Data Access and Cohort Construction for Biorepositories 2
... MILWAUKEE Catalyst International, a global provider of ... suite of platform-independent SCE applications. , ,"We're expanding ... customers' increasing demand for integrated fulfillment solutions from ... boundaries," said Jim Treleaven, President and CEO of ...
... WAUKESHA, WI. - RedPrairie Corporation , has ... electronic product code (EPC)-compliant radio frequency identification ... in a real-world environment. The RFID Lab is ... tag placement and readability as they prepare for ...
... supports plans for growth and strategic investments , ... and services company, today announced it has signed a ... Merchants and Manufacturers BanCorp (MMBC) , a Milwaukee-based ... credit, from which no monies have been drawn, was ...
Cached Biology Technology:RedPrairie Builds RFID Lab - Enables Real-World Testing 2
...
... Continuing a tradition of progressive centrifuge design ... series. The Centra-CL3 and Centra-CL3R (refrigerated) general ... laboratory., Quality Control Over Sample Preparation ... lock up to 99 protocols and has ...
PP2B-Abeta (C-20)...
... 8-iso PGE2 is one of several isoprostanes ... is a potent renal vasoconstrictor in the rat. ... with IC50 values of 0.5 and 5 µM, ... the rat at a concentration of 4 mg/kg/min, ...
Biology Products: