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March 14, 2018
The Genetic Literacy Project
Swatting at mosquitoes is a great start, but if we really want to cut down on the hundreds of millions of malaria cases they cause every year, we're going to need some more effective weapons. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to engineer mosquitoes that are highly resistant to the malaria parasite, by deleting one specific gene. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is quoted.
March 13, 2018
Johns Hopkins scientists genetically engineer malaria-resistant mosquitoes
Bloomberg School researchers engineered mosquitoes which are resistant to the malaria parasite, by deleting a gene called FREP1 which helps malaria survive in the mosquito’s gut. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is quoted.
March 8, 2018
CRISPR edit makes mosquitoes far less likely to pass malaria
Scientists used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique to deactivate a gene in order to make mosquitoes less likely to get infected by parasites that cause malaria in humans. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is mentioned.
February 22, 2018
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine
Outsmarting an Outbreak
Faculty Mention: Douglas Norris
Scientists may soon be able to predict potential outcomes of mosquito-borne illnesses, and quash new ones before they have a chance to spread.
February 17, 2018
Did Pox virus research put potential profits ahead of public safety?
In the brave new world of synthetic biology, scientists can now brew up viruses from scratch using the tools of DNA technology. The latest such feat, published last month, involves horsepox, a cousin of the feared virus that causes smallpox in people. Critics charge that making horsepox in the lab has endangered the public by basically revealing the recipe for how any lab could manufacture smallpox to use as a bioweapon.
Arturo Casadevall and Tom Inglesby are quoted. (Note: This story ran on NPR outlets across the country.)
February 15, 2018
Train PhD students to be thinkers not just specialists
Many doctoral curricula aim to produce narrowly focused researchers rather than critical thinkers. That can and must change, writes Gundula Bosch, program director of the School’s R3 Graduate Science Initiative, where students learn to apply rigor to their design and conduct of experiments; view their work through the lens of social responsibility; and to think critically, communicate better, and thus improve reproducibility. Arturo Casadevall, who founded the R3 program, is mentioned.
February 9, 2018
Blue dye kills malaria parasites – but there is one catch
It's hard to imagine that a blue dye sold in pet food stores in the U.S. to fight fungal infections in tropical fish could be a potent weapon against malaria. A study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases showed that might be possible. Bill Moss is quoted.
January 31, 2018
New York Magazine
Everything You Can Do to Prevent the Spread of Flu
Start with getting the flu shot. However, getting it doesn’t mean you’re immune to the flu. The piece includes advice from experts about actions you can take (and things you can buy) to fight the flu this season and stay healthy throughout the year.
Andy Pekosz is quoted.
January 25, 2018
Handkerchief nightmare? Beat the common cold by blowing your nose
During the first three days of a common cold, the sufferer is contagious - he or she can pass the cold on to others - so it is recommended that the person stay at home and gets as much rest as possible. Sabra Klein’s research is mentioned.
January 24, 2018
Here’s why you can’t (and shouldn’t) run away from the flu in 2018
Even for strong and healthy runners, this year’s flu is no joke. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), anywhere between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year. And according to the CDC’s latest report, the virus is particularly dangerous this season. Andrew Pekosz is quoted.
January 23, 2018
Mosquito-packed drones could give extra bite to Zika fight
Spraying thousands of chilled, sterile mosquitoes from specially adapted drones could prove a cost-effective way to slash numbers of the insects and curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, say the backers of the technology. WeRobotics, a non-profit trialing the method, plans to start mosquito-release tests shortly in Latin America. Conor McMeniman is quoted.
Can You Get Sick from the Flu Shot? Here's What the CDC Has To Say
The CDC says that getting a flu shot does not cause the flu illness, since the vaccine is made either with an inactivated virus that's not infectious, or no virus at all. An inactivated virus means that the virus has been killed. The flu shot may cause a reaction, but it does not cause the flu. Andrew Pekosz is quoted.
January 19, 2018
Gates Foundation funds research for new synthetic malaria vaccine
The Wistar Institute will collaborate with the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) on the research initiative, which was created in the lab of David B. Weiner, Ph.D., executive director, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center, The Wistar Institute. Weiner is a molecular immunologist and considered a DNA vaccine pioneer. The Malaria Research Institute is mentioned.
January 4, 2018
Co-Authored Biomedical Papers List Men as First Authors More Frequently Than Women
Even papers that indicated authors had “contributed equally,” male-female listing was statistically more frequent than female-male listing, the study finds. Arturo Casadevall, study co-author, is quoted.
January 3, 2018
Biomedical science education needs a new philosophy
Perspective: Let’s Put the ‘Ph’ Back in Science PhD Programs
Pilot program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health aims to close gaps in graduate science education. Gundula Bosch and Arturo Casadevall, study co-authors, are quoted.