In The News: School of Life Sciences
During the summer months, everyone can hear the buzz. The sound seems to fill the air from June through August. It's the sound of cicadas.
More than 90 species of U.S. specialty crops require pollination, and various animals, including bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and birds are a critical part of the pollinator-plant ecosystem. Despite the myriad species of pollinators available, American farmers rely on one species of honey bee, Apis mellifera, for most of the pollinator services to pollinate their crops. Wild and managed bees together add $15 billion in crop value each year.
Parasitic bacteria that are entirely dependent on the other bacteria they infect have been discovered for the first time, in human spit. The tiny cells have gone undetected for decades, but appear to be linked to gum disease, cystic fibrosis and antimicrobial resistance.
Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.
It was 34 years ago, in 1981, that the first patients of HIV were identified. Even now, there remain more than 36 million people worldwide living with HIV. In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. Three UNLV research professors, each manning a different front — from educational memoirs to life-saving baby showers to a possible cure — continue to make headway in this worldwide battle.
Although global microbial populations are orders of magnitude larger than nearly any other population in, on or around the planet, only a fraction has been identified thus far.
You may now think twice before you swat a fly. Researchers at UNLV have found fruit flies help in the study of human heart disease.
One UNLV professor is taking a unique approach to researching obesity and obesity-associated diseases.
We spend much of our lives trying to avoid bacteria — washing our hands, squirting hand sanitizer and taking courses of antibiotics. But what about the countless bacteria that live within us every day?
UNLV researchers discovered a local, rare fish capable of going for extended periods of time essentially without breathing, and producing alcohol to survive.