According to new genetic evidence, public health efforts to contain and fight the disease could have—and should have—gotten started much sooner. The post Virus Hunters Draw a Map of Zika's Spread With DNA appeared first on WIRED.
A method that uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to recognise certain DNA sequences could make it quick and cheap to test for pathogens or genetic variants
Gene drives, powered by Crispr, promise to wipe out mosquito-borne diseases. But first they'll have to beat nature at her own game: evolution. The post Creating Zika-Proof Mosquitoes Means Rigging Natural Selection appeared first on WIRED.
Because if scientists can prevent virus transmission in utero, they can prevent Zika's devastating birth defects. The post The Scientists Trying to Keep Zika Out of Your Placenta appeared first on WIRED.
For 50 years, scientists have known that Wolbachia can cause sterility in mosquitoes and other insects. But now they finally understand exactly how it works. The post A Bizarre Bacteria Could Be the Key to Controlling Mosquitoes appeared first on WIRED.
Creative researchers are now applying gene editing to tackle everything from HIV to animals on the brink of extinction. The post From Crispr to Zika, Here Are 2016's Biggest Biology Stories appeared first on WIRED.
This year was an eventful one for science—physics, climate science, public health threats, you name it. The post From Theranos to Space Waves, These Were the 9 Biggest Science Stories of 2016 appeared first on WIRED.
On Tuesday, the constituents a Florida county voted to yes to a genetically modified experiment in disease vector control. The post Florida Votes to Release Millions of Zika-Fighting Mosquitos appeared first on WIRED.
That Zika funding bill isn't just contentious. It's also got a real transparency problem. The post No One Knows Who Is Blocking US Funding For Zika Treatment appeared first on WIRED.
After millions of bees were killed by mosquito pesticides, beekeepers called for a stop to spraying. But it's still one of the best defenses we have against Zika. The post Spraying Mosquitoes by Plane Ain’t Perfect, But It’s the Best We've Got for Zika appeared first on WIRED.