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Meet the New Olfactometer


Some mosquitoes are unfortunately highly anthropophilic, meaning they seek out humans for their blood meals rather than other animals. But how do these insects find us in the first place? How do they distinguish between a human and a shrub? There is evidence that odor may have something to do with it.

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Dancing Asian Citrus Psyllids

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory has conducted baseline tests of Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) on site at the USDA-ARS facility in Weslaco, TX. The goal of these tests was to validate the optical tracking, wing beat detection, and photonic exposure efficacy of Intellectual Venture’s Photonic Fence Technologies (PFT). Our initial work shows that it may be possible […]

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Water Boil Contest

Every Thursday evening after hours, the Lab grabs some cold beverages and hangs out together in our own little nerd-vana. Several weeks ago, this took the form of a contest to see who could bring a cup of water to a rolling boil the fastest. It was little surprise that extreme measures were taken to […]

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Egg Bleaching

Yuck, my brood of dipteran eggs is filthy. If I don’t do something fast, my unborn larvae may never live to see their third instar. Fortunately Emma’s here to save the day! She gives a how-to on cleaning mosquito eggs in order to improve their life expectancy in the insectary. This was actually a deleted […]

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We’ve been seeing more and more visitors from the media around here. The most recent journalist to peruse the lab was Newsweek’s Dan Lyons, who was looking for the lowdown on our malaria work. Although the Photonic Fence, a.k.a. the mosquito laser system, has gotten most of the press lately due to Nathan Myhrvold’s TED […]

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The Mosquito Insectary

If you have followed us for long, you’ve probably heard of our facility’s supercomputer and laser systems. However, the first thing I like to reveal when telling people about the lab is the mosquito insectary. Not only is it slightly bizarre having colonies of pests nurtured and bred mere feet away from where I work […]

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Getting Ready for TED

You can image that preparing a TED talk is no small task. However, a demonstration as ambitious and technical as shooting mosquitoes with lasers proved to be quite a feat. Between enhancing and cleaning up the software, assembling and mounting all the components, and just making sure everything looked nice and polished, we had a […]

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Giemsa Staining of Malaria-Infected Rodent Blood

The Giemsa stain, named after malariaologist Gustav Giemsa, binds to phosphate-group sites on DNA. The malaria parasite has DNA, so when stained with Giemsa stain, it shows up blue under a microscope. That’s not useful for finding malaria in an organism, one might think: in any biopsy or sample you take from an organism you […]

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