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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.