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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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

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