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Genetically modified genes that can be safely controlled

So, you’ve genetically engineered a malaria-resistant mosquito, now what? How many mosquitos would you need to replace the disease-carrying wild type? What is the most effective distribution pattern? How could you stop a premature release of the engineered mosquitos? Releasing genetically engineered organisms into an environment without knowing the answers to …

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Plant Architectures that Reflect Universal Network Design Principles

It might seem like a tomato plant and a subway system don’t have much in common, but both, it turns out, are networks that strive to make similar tradeoffs between cost and performance. High-resolution laser scanning reveals plant architectures that reflect universal network design principles. Using 3D laser scans of growing plants, …

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New data on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance

The European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are concerned about the impact of use of antibiotics on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The report presents new data on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance and reflects improved surveillance across Europe. …

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