People have always lived near water. We depended on it not just for drinking water, but also for transportation, food, and waste removal. River flooding brought moisture and nutrients to our farms… Daniel J. Van Abs is currently associate professor of practice for water, society, and environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Tropical Plant Called Moringa Shows Promise in Health, Anti-Aging Products

Ilya Raskin is seeking cures and treatments for ailments afflicting hundreds of millions of people… Raskin’s laboratory at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences studies the health benefits of crops and medicinal plants. A major focus is on revealing the molecular effects of chemical compounds in plants, vegetables and fruits on chronic diseases, including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and gut problems.

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Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff

Scientists and businesses working full steam to produce lab-created meat claim it will be healthier than conventional meat and more environmentally friendly. But how much can they improve on old-school pork or beef?… "Maillard reactions are very important," says Paul Breslin, a nutritional sciences professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "They are the flavor of cooking and give baked cookies, fresh-baked bread and grilled ribs their characteristic flavors, which we obviously love."

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For the U.S., a More Worrisome Zika Vector?

For the most part, concern over the spread of the Zika virus in the United States has focused squarely on the tropical breed of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, that has proved most adept at spreading it elsewhere in the world… "Zika is a loose cannon," said Dina Fonseca, an entomologist at Rutgers University. "Until it’s proven that the virus won’t infect Culex mosquitoes or any other reservoir animals – like the birds that exacerbated the spread of West Nile virus – scientists just don’t know how much of a threat Zika poses."

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How to Fight Mosquitoes This Summer

With temperatures well into the 70s in St. Louis, Leigh Walters is preparing for mosquito season… While many mosquitoes live and breed in tree holes, marshes and woodland ponds, the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes tend to live closer to humans and like to breed in containers, says Dina Fonseca, professor of entomology at Rutgers University.

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