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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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New ways to deliver high doses of cancer killing drugs

Cancer treatment

Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures. The study by researchers at Rice University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of …

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