NPR is doing a thing, that I kind of respect/like, where they are trying to bribe their listeners into donating now, in order to avoid the yearly fundraising campaign in April. They’re like, “Right now we stand on the precipice looking down on 2 possible futures. In one future, NPR broadcasts a pledge drive for 9 days straight, trying to explain why shit costs money, which everyone hates. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the alternative future, you give us the money we need before the end of February … and there’s no pledge drive in April”  (I mean, they seem to be making this notice every 20 minutes, so it probably works out)…. It’s just like, I love how NPR knows who its listeners are. 

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No Sex Please, We’re Sleeping Sickness Parasites

by Maanvi Singh / NPR Goats and Soda

The T.b. gambiense parasite is truly a menace. It causes African sleeping sickness, a disease that attacks the nervous system and brain, disrupting sleep, causing rapid mood swings and confusion, essentially driving people mad before it kills them.

Researchers have been studying the parasite for years, looking for leads to help them develop a vaccine or drugs that would wipe it out.

So far, no luck. But now they’ve found a juicy tidbit that could lead to the critter’s undoing: it’s been thousands of years since T.b. gambiense last had sex.

See, sexual reproduction shuffles up an organism’s DNA, creating genetic diversity that helps a species adapt and survive. “But rather than reproducing through sex, this particular parasite has been cloning itself — making carbon copies of itself,” explains William Weir, a bioinformatician at the University of Glasgow who led the research, which was published Tuesday in the online journal eLife.

That makes the parasite especially vulnerable to attack, some good news in the long-running battle against sleeping sickness.

Efforts to control tsetse flies, whose bites are responsible for transmitting the parasite to humans, have helped cut down the number of cases since the last sleeping sickness outbreak, which subsided in the 1990s. Around 7,000 cases were reported in 2012, but the World Health Organization estimates that the actual number is closer to 20,000.

In their research, Weir and a team of researchers collected and analyzed the blood samples of 75 people across sub-Saharan Africa. They found that the parasites in all the samples were genetically identical. “In fact they can all be traced back to a single parasite that lived thousands of years ago,” Weir says. “There’s no parasite that I know of that operates quite like this one.”

The parasite that causes sleeping sickness, just like the parasite that causes malaria, is a single-celled protozoan capable of reproducing sexually and asexually. “What happens with these sorts of organisms is if they find a niche they’re particularly well adapted to, they will suddenly go crazy and make clones very fast,” Weir notes.

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A lot of Republicans will head to the polls in New Hampshire on Tuesday, motivated to vote against Donald Trump.

But because of a quirk in how the state party allocates delegates and how fractured the “establishment” field is, it could mean that an anti-Trump vote will actually be a vote for the New York billionaire.

Why A Vote For Bush Could Be A Vote For Trump In The N.H. Primary

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