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Mimivirus - making us think again about virus classification

This article – by one of the discoverers of Mimivirus – argues that the new giant DNA viruses are different from other viruses and that as a result, we neew to create a new brach of microbes. 163 more words


What is Zika? What Should You Do About It? What is Zika? Should...

What is Zika? What Should You Do About It?

What is Zika? Should you be afraid? We try not to fall into the trap of discussing the “panic du jour” on Healthcare Triage, but sometimes people are concerned about things they should be concerned about.

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Protecting the lungs against influenza

Influenza viruses are a major public health threat. Each year, the typical seasonal flu epidemic affects millions of people with sometimes fatal outcomes, especially in high risk groups such as young children and elderly. 402 more words


Design and Evolution

A half century of structural studies have shown the design principles controlling self-assembly of viral proteins into icosahedral virus capsids. A large repertoire of virus structures, mainly determined using X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy, are now conveniently available and carefully annotated in the… 467 more words


A low-cost, open-source DIY DNA Synthesizer Project

PDF : DIY DNA Synthesizer Project

“Biology is largely about the manipulation, maintenance and transport of DNA.

Oligonucleotide synthesis is too complex and tiresome to make genomes by hand…

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Oxitec: How the technology works

How the technology works from Oxitec Limited on Vimeo.
Note: These posts on Oxitec and their GM Mosqitoes are not meant to induce fear or anxiety. 24 more words


Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

Published on 3 Jan 2013
In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitoes yet? 251 more words