An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

Brain, behavior problems follow Zika in newborn monkeys

New research with rhesus monkeys indicates brain and behavior problems resulting from Zika virus infection soon after birth.

Lisa Newbern-Emory • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains zika viruses babies health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Florida and Texas beginning this summer – silver bullet or jumping the gun?

Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.

Natalie Kofler, Levenick Resident Scholar in Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  brazil  zika  malaysia  risk-assessment  florida  mosquitoes  dengue  population-control  aedes-aegypti  oxitec  mosquito-control  gm-mosquitoes

Molecule warns skin of Zika invasion

Skin is the first line of defense when a mosquito infected with Zika virus bites. New research with mice clarifies what happens.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: skin zika viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems

Why did Zika start causing microcephaly in Brazil?

More than 1,600 babies were born in Brazil with microcephaly from September 2015 through April 2016 due to Zika virus. Why is the Paraíba strain so harmful?

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: brazil brains zika birth-defects viruses featured health-and-medicine

Zika vaccine shields fetus in pregnant monkeys

The first test of a Zika vaccine given before conception could support development of another vaccine in early trials in humans.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: pregnancy vaccines zika viruses fetus health-and-medicine

1 protein controls West Nile and Zika replication

The discovery of a critical protein could unlock new therapies to treat or even prevent West Nile and Zika viruses, researchers say.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: brains zika viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems encephalitis west-nile-virus

Researchers can program a CRISPR enzyme to kill viruses in human cells

Researchers have turned a CRISPR enzyme into an antiviral that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells.

Karen Zusi • harvard
Oct. 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  crispr  ebola  rna  virus  broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard  carver  cas13-enzyme  cas13-assisted-restriction-of-viral-expression-and-readout  flu  rna-based-viruses  sherlock  zika

Amino acid trio blocks Zika’s ability to replicate

A formulation of three amino acids hampers the ability of the Zika virus to replicate in human and non-human cells, researchers say.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
Aug. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: zika viruses amino-acids health-and-medicine mosquitoes

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