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Michigan State: $1.5M in Research Funding for Electric Catfish Study

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Electric catfish is the common name for the catfish that belong to the Malapteruridae family.  Several species of this family can produce an electric shock of up to 350 volts. To do this the use electric organ known as electroplaques. This electrogenic organ is derived from anterior body musculature and lines the body cavity. Electric catfish are found in tropical Africa and the Nile River. Some species feed primarily on other fish, incapacitating their prey with electric discharges. However the majority are generalist bottom feeders. The largest species can grow to up four feet long. 

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HIV Stung by Bee Toxin at WUSTL

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

In an effort to better combat the infamous human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a solution that carries quite a sting. Utilizing a toxin found in bee venom, they have developed a nanoparticle that is quite effective at destroying the virus.

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