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2011-05-18 16:34:38

Many gene therapy strategies designed to deliver a normal copy of a gene to cells carrying a disease-causing genetic mutation rely on a modified virus to transfer the gene product into affected tissues. One technology platform that is well suited for in vivo delivery of genes is based on adeno-associated viruses (AAV). As these novel therapies move closer to commercialization, so do the methods for large-scale production and efficient delivery of AAV vectors, which are documented in a series...

2011-04-13 00:00:27

Overcoming the gene silencing barrier opens doors for gene therapy. Lincoln, NE (PRWEB) April 12, 2011 NTC today announced the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award represents a continuation of a Phase I study, which initially demonstrated the feasibility of overcoming transgene silencing, previously, a major barrier to successful gene therapy. In addition to anti-silencing elements, the...

2011-04-11 09:13:00

SHAWNEE, Kan., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading experts from around the world came together today to share their latest research findings at the 6th Canine Vector Borne Disease (CVBD) forum in Nice, France and call for greater awareness of the dangers posed to animals and humans by these increasingly important diseases. "A number of the CVBDs cause real suffering and even death in dogs, and many CVBDs represent a zoonotic risk. It's vital that veterinarians and pet owners...

2011-02-25 19:16:47

NIH-funded study finds way to reduce transmission of malaria to humans Spraying malaria-transmitting mosquitoes with a genetically modified fungus can kill the malaria parasite without harming the mosquito, potentially reducing malaria transmission to humans, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, the study was led by Raymond J. St. Leger, Ph.D., of the...

2011-02-21 14:25:33

There are over 200 million cases of malaria each year and, according to the World Health Organisation, in 2009 malaria was responsible for 781,000 deaths worldwide. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes which breed in open water and spend much of their larval stage feeding on fungi and microorganisms at the water surface. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Parasites and Vectors presents a method of dispersing pathogenic fungi as a means of preventing the spread of...

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2011-02-04 06:15:00

Scientists have discovered a new type of mosquito that is unlike any that have been documented before and could complicate the fight against malaria even further. Scientists from France collected mosquitoes from ponds near villages in Burkina Faso over a four-year period and said they identified some as a subtype of Anopheles gambiae -- which is responsible for most malaria transmissions in Africa. The new subtype is highly susceptible to infection with the malaria parasite and, because it...

2010-12-31 07:54:00

KOLDING, Denmark, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestnet Europe Ltd. has announced the introduction of a new 290 mesh size for Netprotect® LLINs. The new mesh size is being introduced to help fight the battle against smaller vectors such as the vectors of Dengue and Leishmaniasis. "The new mesh size is Bestnet's response to requests for Netprotect® products with mesh sizes that are effective against vectors that are smaller than the typical mosquitoes...

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2010-11-12 06:55:00

British scientists have created genetically modified sterile mosquitoes in an experiment to kill off others in their species, and researchers are hopeful that early field trials could help to stave off the rapid spread of dengue fever. This is the first time genetically altered mosquitoes have been set loose in the wild, after years of lab experiments and calculations. But while scientists believe the trial could lead to a breakthrough in halting the disease, critics argue that mutant...

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2010-11-08 10:43:40

Research carried out in Mali, West Africa, has demonstrated that a new, safe and uncomplicated insect control method, developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, can bring about a serious decline in malaria-bearing mosquitoes in afflicted regions in the world. The research in Africa was based on work carried out earlier in Israel by researchers at the Kuvin Center for the Study of Tropical and Infectious Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that showed how attractants of plant...

2010-10-27 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Shutterstock®, the leading global provider of stock images and stock footage by subscription, has emerged as a top provider of vector art, offering a diverse collection of more than 1.6 million stock vector images. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080910/NYW066LOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080910/NYW066LOGO ) Vector art is becoming increasingly popular among designers, thanks to its ability to speed up...


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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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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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