UC researchers pioneer more effective way to block malaria transmission in mosquitoes

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 3, 2020 — Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. University of California,…

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Vitamin E from palm oil useful in boosting immune response based on studies on liver cells

Palm oil contains abundant quantities of vitamin E compounds, which include tocopherols and tocotrienols. These compounds have anti-oxidant effects, which protect cells from damage from toxic chemical produced by metabolic processes. While tocopherol is a widely known and researched compound, there remains much to learn about tocotrienols. A team of researchers from Malaysia and Libya…

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Join us online: Insect science goes virtual at Entomology 2020, November 11-25

What: Entomology 2020, the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America Where: Anywhere! (i.e., online) When: November 11-25, 2020 Who: 3,000+ insect scientists and entomological experts Your next great science story could be just a few mouse-clicks away at Entomology 2020, the Entomological Society of America’s Virtual Annual Meeting. Every year, the insect…

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To Have and to Hone

Handle these Artisan Revere knives with care. These two models are so sharp, you’ll need to keep them in their leather sheaths. David Olkovetsky, a former steel company analyst, went into the kitchen knife business with a team of like-minded partners because he was not satisfied with what was available. His knives, which took more…

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Spirit Yourself Away for a Sip or Two

Most cocktail books are small, handy volumes. Not so this lavish, gift-worthy stunner. It has more than 600 recipes, most documented with history-filled headnotes, beautiful photographs and even a gold ribbon to hold your place. I loved the Old Cuban by Audrey Saunders, made with rum and Champagne, and the pre-Prohibition English cobbler deepened with…

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A Chocolate Maker Takes a New Path

Justine Pringle has stepped away from her Nunu Chocolates in Brooklyn and has a new venture, North South Confections. (A former partner will run Nunu.) Her first assortment has dark chocolate squares with caramelized fruit fillings and abstract Jackson Pollock-style tracings. There are six flavors packaged together: passion fruit, lime, citrusy tropical naranjilla, coconut, strawberry…

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Old New York Flavor, in a Jar

Monte’s Venetian Room, a restaurant that, in its heyday, attracted local politicians and celebrities like Frank Sinatra, is still in business in Gowanus, Brooklyn. These days, it’s just called Monte’s, though the Monte family is no longer involved. PJ Monte — a grandnephew of Nick Monte, who owned the restaurant with his brothers — is…

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