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Mosquito spit might be a universal vaccine ‘Holy Grail’ – preventing everything from malaria to Zika

Her idea revolved around mosquito spit. Building on the work of colleagues and other scientists, [Jessica] Manning, a clinical researcher ...
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Zika virus could offer new way to attack deadly brain cancers

New research has revealed that the Zika virus breaks into brain cells by using a special molecular key, and scientists ...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory hurdles keep life-saving, plant-made vaccines off the market

Plant-made vaccines have been in the pipeline for nearly thirty years. Generated stably in transgenic plants or transiently using virus ...
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Here’s what you should know about disease-fighting GMO mosquitoes

Media references to Jurassic Park and 'mutant hybrid insects' are based on a thorough misunderstanding of this effective technology ...
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Viewpoint: Biological terrorism isn’t as scary as you may think

As new biological techniques advance, there are justifiable concerns these technologies could be used to create manmade pandemics. These worries ...
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Delayed onset: Damage from Zika can appear up to a year after birth

Since Zika emerged as a threat to babies, it has been a mystery exactly how much of a danger the ...
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Diagnosing infectious diseases like Zika or Dengue at home with a CRISPR kit

CRISPR-based home test can immediately detect disease DNA through blood or saliva ...
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Boosting brain research by growing ‘mini-brains’ to model human disease

'Mini-brains' grown in petri dishes could offer new possibilities for studying disease ...
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Waging war against the mosquito: Split-gene drive could hinder spread of Zika

The use of split-gene drives could alleviate the concerns of critics who worry about unexpected effects of releasing gene-edited mosquitos ...
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Using Zika in the fight against deadly brain cancer

With traditional cancer-fighting tools--surgery, radiation and chemotherapy--proving ineffective against glioblastoma tumors, researchers are exploring an unconventional treatment using a weakened ...
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Micro RNA: Genetic suppression might control insect-borne diseases and limit pesticide use

New methods of controlling mosquitos without chemicals include releasing sterile males, spreading confusing pheromones and, most recently, disrupting egg development ...
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Olympic health update: Zika vaccines, GMO mosquitoes, and snake oils

There's progress on a vaccine to combat as well as biotech solutions but there are also fake Zika solutions being ...
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Do GMO mosquitoes designed to eradicate Zika pose unique environmental risks?

Could we live without mosquitos? Maybe, but something else might take their place ...
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Gene driving to combat insect-borne diseases: Powerful tool requiring science diplomacy

Gene drives raise ethical and practical concerns. What are the communication challenges? ...
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Beyond microcephaly: Can Zika virus cause auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Much of the discussion about the Zika virus has been about its ability to cause microcephaly. But now evidence has ...
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Activists behind Zika virus conspiracy theories, Argentine pesticide birth defect scare

South America's suffering from a number of epidemics. The worst one may just be misinformation ...