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A New Research Site, A New Disease to Uncover

Leptospirosis, a waterborne infection harbored by small mammals, is a major public health threat in most of the Indian Ocean islands but so far gone has mostly undetected in Madagascar.

Endangered “Demon Primate” Genome Sequenced

According to local legends in Madagascar, the aye-aye lemur is a demon that can kill just by pointing a finger. That sounds mythical, but for insects inside tree trunks, there is truth to the killing part. The nocturnal aye-aye uses its multipurpose middle finger to tap forest wood in search of its meals (see above…