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Doctor Constancia Ayres, a scientist ...
By Flavio Forner
25 Jan 2016

Doctor Constancia Ayres is an entomologist and lead research scientist at the Recife branch of Brazil’s foremost public-health research institute, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

With a PHD in Biology, Dr Constancia Ayres is studying the Zika virus in mosquitoes and its transmission to humans. She published several research studies on the subject including “Identification of Zika virus vectors and implications for control”, in February 2016.

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A Biodiversity Odyssey
By Conteur d'images
05 Sep 2015

To celebrate the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, an environmentalist and a photojournalist visited 10 countries in 300 days in order to discover the most innovative solutions implemented by the peoples of the world to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. A fabulous educational journey through the Amazon, the Arabian desert, the Andes, the Pacific Ocean and more!

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Thai Doctors Propose Antibody Treatme...
By GonzaloAbad
02 Oct 2014

A breakthrough may have been made in Thailand, where doctors have been at work to find a treatment for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), the sickness caused by the Ebola virus that has devastated parts of Western Africa in recent months. Research doctors at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok claim to have successfully developed an antibody treatment for Ebola. In a press brief the team explained how the treatment would create antibodies capable of fighting off the infection.

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Losing Karpas
Karpas, Cyprus
By Vasia Markides
27 Jul 2013

A piece about the Biologists Association and their work preserving the Karpas peninsula in the north of Cyprus.

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Island of Twins (3 of 23)
Alabat Island, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 Feb 2013

Eudosia and Antonia are the oldest twins living 0n the island.

There are around 60 pairs of twins in a small town on Alabat Island. Eudosia and Antonia are the oldest twins living in the island turning 82 next year,w hile the five month-old babies, Jane and Joy, are the youngest twins on the island.
According to the mayor, the population of the island is composed of .4% of twins of the 12,039 residents of their town. When he and his wife migrated to the island in 1980s they were amazed that the island had so many twins. As a matter of fact, the former mayor of the island had a twin brother. Town folks are shocked when they think they've seen that the dead mayor is alive, but later learn that the former mayor has a twin brother.
No studies have been conducted on the island as to why the prevalence of twins in this small town is growing. According to a study conducted between 1996 to 2006, the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society found out that there was 182% increase in multiple pregnancies in 35 year-old women due to the use of fertility drugs. Due to the remoteness of the island and the limited access to fertility drugs, other influences could be considered such as inheritance of twinning or the food intake of mothers.
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba in South Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
The main source of sustenance on the island is farming and fishing and according to the oldest midwife in the island, heredity is the major culprit of twinning in the island, and so far, their island has the highest population of twins in the entire Philippines.