Odor Battles: From Corn to Caterpillar to Wasp

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In nature, insect herbivores eat plants and other insects parasitize the herbivore insects, creating a tritrophic system.  Ye and colleagues investigated how volatile chemicals (odorant molecules) affect one such tritrophic system—corn herbivory by moth larvae (caterpillars) of Spodoptera littoralis and the parasitism of the caterpillars by the wasp Microplitis rufiventris (Figure 1). The moth lays eggs … Read moreOdor Battles: From Corn to Caterpillar to Wasp

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Scar-Detecting Nanoparticles

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Scars are the body’s response to skin injury. Sometimes too much of the protein collagen is produced at the site of the injury, resulting in excessively large thick scars that can be disfiguring, uncomfortable, and compromise function by restricting mobility. These can either be hypertrophic scars, which are thickened but limited to the injured area, … Read moreScar-Detecting Nanoparticles

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Rejected without Review: Knowing When to Appeal

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Rejection is a reality for scientists, and a major responsibility of journal editors. Researchers performing good science—well controlled studies with solid methodologies that produce clear, reproducible results that advance scientific knowledge or extend scientific findings—can find themselves struggling to be published. A selective journal with a relatively high acceptance rate of 20% will be sending … Read moreRejected without Review: Knowing When to Appeal

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