PLOS Research News

Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Fruit flies demonstrate increasing resistance to CRISPR gene drives Gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology aim to spread new genes within a natural population in efforts to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and control invasive species. However, this…
Read more
Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Dogs, wild animals and sand flies in protected area in Brazil carry Leishmania parasite Infected sand flies can transmit the Leishmania parasite through their bites, potentially leading to leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection that can be fatal to humans. This infection…
Read more
Malaria elimination may be possible with use of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets in Senegal village

Malaria elimination may be possible with use of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets in Senegal village

Application of artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) for malaria cases supplemented by long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs) has significantly reduced malaria in Dielmo and helped the Senegalese village reach pre-elimination levels of malaria incidence, according to a study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.…
Read more