Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Synopsis: There’s a strong case for trying out novel methods to restore lost species and damaged ecosystems. A look at the related issues. Introduction The United States startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal proposes to use CRISPR… Continue reading Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

New research: Tech based on CRISPR to control growth of mosquitoes

What is the News? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a new system named precision-guided Sterile Insect Technique(pgSIT) that restrains populations of mosquitoes. What is the Sterile Insect Technique? Source: IAEA The sterile insect technique is a method of biological insect control whereby overwhelming numbers of sterile insects are released into… Continue reading New research: Tech based on CRISPR to control growth of mosquitoes

The great immunity debate of vaccines vs infection antibodies

What is the news? Recent studies showed that immunity induced by Pfizer shot waned quickly. This led to comparisons between immunity induced by the vaccine shot and the immunity induced by COVID infection. The comparison between vaccine immunity and infection-induced immunity Doctors say that the immunity induced by the vaccine lasts longer. Doctors also say… Continue reading The great immunity debate of vaccines vs infection antibodies

Detecting Fragile X Syndrome

What is the News? In 2017, a man affected by autism underwent his first DNA blood test at the age of 40. He tested positive for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). This shows the lack of awareness and appropriate training in diagnosing FXS. About Fragile X Syndrome Fragile X syndrome(FXS) is a genetic disorder. It is… Continue reading Detecting Fragile X Syndrome

One vaccine makes more vaccine than another. Does it matter?

What is the news? The researchers are still working to understand how long their protection lasts, and how it differs from one person to another. Getting answers to these questions is a crucial step to determine who will need a booster shot. The studies have found that the Moderna Vs Pfizer vaccines have certain subtle… Continue reading One vaccine makes more vaccine than another. Does it matter?

All you need to know about Nipah virus

What is the News? A 12-year-old boy infected with the Nipah virus died in a private hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala. About Nipah Virus Nipah Virus(NiV) is a zoonotic virus. ​​The first outbreaks of the Nipah virus among humans was reported from Malaysia (1998) and Singapore (1999).  Host Reservoir of Nipah Virus The animal host reservoir… Continue reading All you need to know about Nipah virus