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
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites

‘Sushi parasites’ have spiked 283-fold in 40 years

The next time you eat sashimi, nigiri, or other forms of raw fishi, consider doing a quick check for worms.

Michelle Ma-Washington
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment fish food oceans parasites

Some sorghum can ‘hide’ from witchweed

The parasite witchweed is one of the greatest threats to food security in Africa. New research identifies how some sorghum crops resist it.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture genes parasites plants

Compound keeps mosquitoes from spreading malaria parasite

A new drug target may offer a way to keep the malaria parasite from spreading, researchers say.

Holly Bennett-U. Melbourne
Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine malaria mosquitoes parasites

Parasitic plant shuts down its victim’s genes

The parsitic plant dodder sends its own genetic material into its victims to shut down their genes, which makes them easier prey.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology genes parasites plants

Sand fly mating habits offer way to tackle tropical disease

Globally, over 350 million people are at risk of infection from Leishmaniasis. The mating habits of the female sand fly may offer a way to fight it.

Alice Scott-Warwick
Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine flies infections leishmaniasis parasites

Drones keep an eye on tropical disease hotspots

To track schistosomiasis, researchers used to count snails—home to the worms that cause the disease. Drones might offer a better way.

Michelle Ma-Washington
Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity

~8 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine infections parasites schistosomiasis snails water

Anti-psoriasis compound could lead to new drug for malaria

Reworking molecules originally designed to fight the skin disease psoriasis could pave the way for a new drug to combat malaria.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
Sept. 19, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-development malaria mosquitoes parasites psoriasis

How cat poop kills California sea otters

California sea otters are a threatened species, and one of the things that kills them comes from cats on land.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis
Aug. 29, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured california cats conservation feces otters parasites

Parasitic plant steals genes to use against its victims

The parasitic plant dodder has stolen a lot of genes from its victims. It uses those genes to feed off its hosts more effectively.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
July 25, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology genes parasites plants

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