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STAT, Feb. 3, 2016
Biologists: Let’s sic ‘gene drive’ on Zika-carrying mosquitoes
Biologist Anthony James of the University of California, Irvine, a pioneer in genetic techniques of mosquito control …. led a team that used gene drive to create mosquitoes that have an immune system that blocks transmission of the malaria-causing parasite and which transmit that genetic trait to essentially all of their descendants. If the technique works in the field, it could wipe out a disease-carrying population of mosquitoes within months.

Medindia, Feb. 3, 2016
Invention of new drug that prevents key age-related brain change in rats
As aging sets in, the brain cells lose the fibers that receive neural impulses, indicating cognitive decline. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine recently found a way to reverse this process in rats. … “There’s a tendency to think that aging is an inexorable process, that it’s something in the genes and there’s nothing you can do about it. This paper is saying that may not be true,” said study co-author Gary Lynch.

The Conversation, Feb. 3, 2016
Three ways synthetic biology could annihilate Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases
In November 2015, microbiologist Anthony James at the University of California, Irvine and his colleagues demonstrated how heritable traits – in this case a genetic intolerance of the parasite responsible for malaria – can be spread through an entire population. What they showed in effect is that, using synthetic biology, whole species can be reengineered with designer traits.

Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 2, 2016
Experts frustrated by low HPV vaccination rates
The suboptimal rates can also be attributed in part to the fact that “we haven’t done … a good enough job of educating primary care providers, particularly pediatricians, about this vaccine,” says Dr. Richard Van Etten, director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine. His department also signed on to the Cancer Centers’ statement.

Bloomberg, Feb. 3, 2016
Clinton uses state links to raise $27 million
Having well-funded party committees around the country can be critical to electoral success. Martin P. Wattenberg, a University of California, Irvine, professor of political science who studies the role parties play in elections and governance [said] … “Her priority has to be raising money for the presidential campaign,” Wattenberg said. “If you’re saying she’s raising money for the party, I’m somewhat skeptical.”

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