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A Mosquito Mutation

A genetic approach could be the key to eradicating malaria, say researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Washington. The Los Angeles Times' Amina Khan speaks with senior author Andrea Crisanti from Imperial College about the team's approach to genetically modifying mosquitoes that carry malaria. Taking advantage of DNA repair enzymes, the team targets and disrupts genes involved in the transmission of the disease. "In the lab, we saw the mutation spread to more than half the population of mosquitoes we had living in cages. This happened in a time span of 12 to 16 generations of mosquitoes," Crisanti says. "So it's quite efficient."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.