NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the University of California, Riverside this week reported new data linking a microRNA to key reproductive processes in female mosquitoes, a finding that could led to new ways to control the spread of these disease-carrying insects.

Female mosquitoes require a blood meal for reproduction, which provides the underlying mechanism for the spread of vector-borne diseases in humans including malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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