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2009-08-05 14:02:46

Vectors derived from retroviruses are useful tools for long-term gene transfer because they allow stable integration of transgenes and propagation into daughter cells. Lentiviral vectors are preferred because they can transduce non-proliferating cellular targets. These vectors can be engineered to target specific tissues. In the August issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (www.cshprotocols.org/TOCs/toc8_09.dtl), François-Loïc Cosset and colleagues...

2009-07-21 11:48:57

To control mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, researchers need to look at the behavior of people, not just the insect that transmits the disease, according to new research by Steven Stoddard of the University of California, Davis, and intercollegiate colleagues. The study, published July 21 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, exhibits work by an international, multidisciplinary team of vector biologists, sociologists and virologists studying dengue in Iquitos,...

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2009-06-05 15:55:00

Scientists use climate variables and vegetation indices to predict and mitigate Dengue epidemics in the American tropics-Dengue Fever (DF) and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) are the most important vector-borne viral diseases in the World. Around 50-100 million cases appear each year putting 2.5 billion people at risk of suffering this debilitating and sometimes fatal disease. Dengue Fever is prevalent in the Tropics. For that reason, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the...

2009-05-25 07:52:03

Using a specially adapted tool called P[acman], a collaboration of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine has established a library of clones that cover most of the genome of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) and should speed the pace of genetic research.In a report in the current online issue of the journal Nature Methods, Dr. Hugo Bellen (http://flypush.imgen.bcm.tmc.edu/lab/), a professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator,...

2009-05-19 05:30:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the availability of a new AVR(R) 8-bit microcontroller for automotive LIN networking applications. The ATtiny87 is the second device of a LIN-dedicated low pin-count family specially optimized for cost-sensitive LIN slave applications. Many automotive body electronic subsystems including door lock, window lift, wiper, light system, sun, and rain sensors are connected via LIN networks. They require...

2009-05-05 13:46:40

Flemish scientists say they have developed an improved and safer technique to deliver genes into the body's cells during genetic therapy. Gene therapy is the introduction of genetic material into a patient's cells resulting in a cure or a therapeutic effect, said researchers at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Belgium. The success of gene therapy ultimately depends on the gene delivery vehicles, or vectors, and most vectors have been derived from viruses that can be tailor-made to...

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2009-04-29 15:10:42

For the first time ever, scientists are using DNA "barcodes" to help prevent the spread of a elephantiasis, an often disfiguring disease that affects roughly one billion people in 80 nations throughout the world. The University of Ghana is pioneering use of the "barcodes", which will be used to map mosquito species in West Africa that spread the disease, also known as lymphatic filariasis (LF). The underlying technology allows scientists to quickly and accurately distinguish species based on...

2009-04-29 11:29:00

Use Vectra 3D(R) for Dogs and Sing a Different Tune This Summer FORT LEE, N.J., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't let nasty parasites prevent you from enjoying the outdoors with the family dog this summer. As the weather warms, pet owners need to protect their pets against parasites such as ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, sand flies, mites and lice that can transmit vector-borne diseases. Vectra 3D(R) for Dogs is an advanced monthly topical vectoricide that goes beyond traditional flea and tick...

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2009-04-10 08:16:07

For years, microbiologist Stephen Beverley, Ph.D., has tried to get the disease-causing parasite Leishmania in the mood for love. In this week's Science, he and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health report that they may have finally found the answer: Cram enough Leishmania into the gut of an insect known as the sand fly, and the parasite will have sex. Some strains of the parasite are deadly and kill hundreds of thousands of people annually in developing countries. Offspring of the...

2009-03-19 04:00:00

NORRKOPING, Sweden, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreampark, one of the leading IPTV middleware providers on the European market, announced today that it will exhibit at the 2009 IPTV World Forum, March 25-27 in London, and demonstrate how the new Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) technology in its Dreamgallery(TM) middleware is able to bring the IPTV user experience to a new level. "With SVG we are getting very close to the user experience provided by embedded devices like Apple TV and...


Latest Vector Reference Libraries

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2008-08-06 17:58:39

The Deer Fly (Chrysops spp.), also known as the "yellow fly", is a fly of the family Tabanidae that can be a pest to cattle, horses, and humans. It is often found in damp environments, such as wetlands or forests. It lays clusters of shiny black eggs on the leaves of small plants by water. The aquatic larvae feed on small insects and pupate in the mud at the edge of the water. The Deer Fly is often considered a horse-fly. A distinguishing characteristic is its patterned gold or green eyes....

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