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Researchers have developed three-eyed and wingless mosquitoes

CRISPR/Cas9

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed transgenic mosquitoes that stably express the Cas9 enzyme in their germline. The addition of Cas9 will enable the use of the CRISPR gene editing tool to make efficient, targeted changes to the mosquitoes’ DNA. As proof of concept, the researchers used the …

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Could ingestion of saliva have harmful effects on our health?

Salival bacteria

On average, we humans ingest 1.5 liters of saliva containing bacteria every day. Could this possibly have harmful effects on our health? According to Professor Masahira Hattori of Waseda University, the answer is yes. “We noticed that oral microbes are relatively enriched in gut microbiomes of patients with several diseases such …

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eDNA tool can identify pests before they become a problem

eDNA

When seeking a cure for a disease, early detection is often the key. The same is true for eliminating invasive species. Identifying their presence in a lake before they are abundant is vital. A recent University of Illinois study successfully used environmental DNA to detect invasive clams in California and …

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