Turns Out Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes Actually Works

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not just a nuisance—it’s a known carrier of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. Distinguished by the black and white stripes on its legs, the species is one of the most dangerous to humans. In the Brazilian city of Indaiatuba, an effort is underway to eliminate these pests before they have … Read more

This Gulp of Engineered Bacteria Is Meant to Treat Disease

In the muddy trenches of World War I, thousands of soldiers on both sides fell ill with dysentery, a diarrheal disease often spread by contaminated water. Curiously, one German soldier deployed in the Balkans didn’t become sick when the rest of his comrades did. When scientist Alfred Nissle isolated a strain of E. coli from … Read more

How to Detect a Man-Made Biothreat

But even if the platforms’ accuracy improves, it’s hard to know whether they would be able to detect a completely new organism that scientists have never seen before. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, is skeptical that any technology will be able to definitively identify a bioengineered organism. “There is no technology—none—that comprehensively … Read more

We need to chart our own path on biotechnology away from geopolitics

Columnists We need to chart our own path on biotechnology away from geopolitics Wednesday October 26 2022 An abstract depiction of genetic engineering of maize. FILE PHOTO | POOL As the debate on the merits and demerits of the government’s decision to lift the moratorium on genetically engineered food and feed products, it’s important to … Read more