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Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease

Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop how to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. According to researchers who conducted the new study, because maize is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, the spread of MLN...

First draft of a genome-wide cancer ‘dependency map’

In one of the largest efforts to build a comprehensive catalog of genetic vulnerabilities in cancer, researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified more than 760 genes upon which multiple types of cancer cells...

CRISPR fixes disease gene in viable human embryos

An international team of researchers has used CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing — a technique that allows scientists to make precise changes to genomes with relative ease  to correct a disease-causing mutation in dozens of viable human embryos. Read...

Antibiotic nanoparticles fight drug-resistant bacteria

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, especially among a type of bacteria that are classified as “Gram-negative.” These bacteria have two cell membranes, making it more difficult for drugs to penetrate and kill the cells. Researchers from MIT and other...

When evolution and biotechnologies collide

Since 2012, genetic engineering has been revolutionised by CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing. The technology is based on an enzyme from a bacterial cell, whose work is to cut the information storing system of living beings, DNA, at one predefined location. Read...

African open access publishing platform in the works

African science bodies have teamed up with a UK-based open access publisher to create an open science platform for their members and grantees.The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa and the African Academy of Sciences announced the collaboration...