Killer cotton and planes dropping moths wiped out these pests

The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

New research with CRISPR suggests vegetable oil could come from the leaves of plants like sorghum or soybeans.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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Credit-card-sized ‘microlab’ detects COVID-19 in minutes

Using "lab on a chip" technology, researchers have created a microlab half the size of a credit card that can detect COVID-19 in just 30 minutes.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock

Modified animals could improve sustainable meat production, but safety and ethical issues remain.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

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‘Assembly line’ tinkering lets yeast cells make drugs

Reprogrammed to behave like tiny factories, yeast cells make drugs.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Old-school efforts thwart ‘billion-dollar beetles’

Some fundamental farming strategies can limit damage from western corn rootworms, research finds.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Here's how scientists know the coronavirus came from bats and wasn't made in a lab

The evidence suggests the novel coronavirus evolved naturally.

Polly Hayes, Lecturer in Parasitology and Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Team aims for a simple, at-home COVID-19 test

A new COVID-19 test could be a lot simpler. “The idea is to have a paper-based system where people can just look at it and say, yes, you have it, or not.”

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~4 min

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CRISPR helps find new class of leukemia genes

Using CRISPR, researchers found several new leukemia genes. The discovery will help clarify how these aggressive blood cancers arise and grow.

Leslie Orr-Rochester • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~5 min

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