Modified mosquitoes could stop Zika virus spread

Genetically-modified mosquitoes that are resistant to the Zika virus and can't spread it to people could stop its spread.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 27, 2021 ~5 min

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

Model warns of genetic modification gone awry in trees

A new model could help prevent unintended consequences when researchers use genetic modification on trees for things like biofuel.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~5 min

Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min