Scientists say they nearly eliminated disease-carrying mosquitoes on two islands in China using a new technique. The downside: It may not be practical for larger areas and may cost a lot of money

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One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding

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“This is a beautifully elegant system that puts genes into plants, that causes negative effects. Why can’t we turn this system upside down, and use it to deliver positive traits into plants?” Bextine says

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An effort led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs aims to combat the social and cultural stigmas that prevent some men in parts of Africa from knowing their HIV status

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If Misused, Synthetic Biology Could Expand the Possibility of Creating New Weapons; DOD Should Continue to Monitor Advances in the Field, New Report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Says

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It’s not the paradise that germophobes might imagine

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But many of us still get the basic facts wrong. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected

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It’s a microscopic case of mistaken identity. A new study published in PLOS Pathogens has found that a 16th-century mummified child may have actually been infected by an ancient strain of hepatitis B, not smallpox as scientists believed for decades

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