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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…
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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…
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Research Round-Up: H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans; New Brazilian species of ancient carnivorous mammal-like reptile; Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may protect against Parkinson’s

Research Round-Up: H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans; New Brazilian species of ancient carnivorous mammal-like reptile; Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may protect against Parkinson’s

H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans In a new PLOS Pathogens study, researchers analyzed genome mutations that could occur in the H7N9 strain of avian influenza, which occasionally infects individual people but does not spread between humans.…
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