Keywords: South America

Brazil city deploys modified mosquitos to fight dengue surge

Reuters,  The Globe and Mail,  2024.
A British biotechnology company is betting on a solution to Brazil's surging dengue cases, involving the release of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the viral infection's spread.
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CRISPR could eradicate horrific parasite that’s killing cattle

Kristin Houser,  Freethink,  2024.
Uruguay is developing a CRISPR gene drive to eradicate the New World screwworm, a parasitic fly that kills cattle in a painful, grisly fashion. Releasing it into the wild would have risks, but if it works, it could help rid South America of this horrific agricultural pest. The ...
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South American cities release mosquitoes to stem disease

Roberto González,  SciDev.Net,  2024.
When Waldeir Barbosa da Silva explained to his family that he was going to release hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes into the open, infected with a bacterium, they were surprised. In Niterói, southeast Brazil, where da Silva lives, diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as ...
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A sustainable synthetic biology approach for the control of the invasive golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei)

M. F. Rebelo, L. F. Afonso, J. A. Americo, L. da Silva, J. L. B. Neto, F. Dondero and Q. Zhang,  PeerJ Preprints,  6:e27164v3. 2018.
The recent development of the CRISPR-Cas9-based gene drive has created the conditions to seriously consider this technology to solve one of the major environmental challenges in biodiversity conservation i.e. the control of invasive species. There is no efficient control method ...
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