Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes

New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 “gene drive” technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. The idea is to create genetically engineered mosquitoes (GEM) that either fail to reproduce, reducing the mosquito population, or that resist carrying viruses and parasites…

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Novela Neurotech announces online platform for open neurodata support

San Francisco, CA – Novela Neurotech, in collaboration with CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA), recently announced an online, sharable central depository for neural data collected from their wireless, open-source neuromodulation kit, the OpenKit. The digital library consolidates neural data gathered with the OpenKit, a state-of-the-art wireless neural interface for the brain, in…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Business Executives Call for More Testing; Trump’s W.H.O. Attack Is Condemned

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump announced at his daily coronavirus briefing on Tuesday that he was halting funding to the World Health Organization.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times Trump’s move to freeze aid to the W.H.O. draws condemnation. President Trump’s public campaign against the World Health Organization — and his order to freeze…

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Live Coronavirus World News Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFuneral home workers transporting the body of someone suspected to have died from coronavirus in the Philippines.Credit…Jes Aznar for The New York Times As cases top 2 million worldwide, some countries ease lockdowns and others brace for worse. The coronavirus pandemic passed 2 million confirmed infections and 120,000 deaths…

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UnitedHealth Reports Profit, Citing Falling Demand for Elective Care

UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s major insurers, reported on Wednesday that its earnings actually increased this past quarter, adding that the costs of the coronavirus pandemic were offset by the cancellations of routine medical appointments and elective surgeries for hip replacements and other conditions. The company’s report provided an early glimpse of how the…

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