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Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Science
Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab.The team tested their technique on the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, which transmits malaria.They altered part of a gene called doublesex, which determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or as a female. This allowed the Imperial College London scientists to block reproduction in the female mosquitoes.They want to see if the technology could one day be used to control mosquito populations in the wild.Writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Prof Andrea Crisanti and colleagues report that caged populations of Anopheles gambiae collapsed within 7-11 generations.Dr Crisanti said: "2016 marked the first time in over two...
Onset of kids' food allergies linked to infant wipes, genetics: study

Onset of kids' food allergies linked to infant wipes, genetics: study

Health
April 6 (UPI) -- Children's food allergies have been linked to genetics and environmental factors, including cleaning wipes and exposure to allergens, according to a study.Researchers at Northwestern University found the allergies develop from a combination of genetics that alter skin absorbency, infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food by caregivers."This is a recipe for developing food allergy," Joan Cook-Mills, a professor of allergy-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a press release. "It's a major advance in our understanding of how food allergy starts early in life."The research was published Friday in the April issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.An estimate...