Mosquitoes engineered to repel dengue virus

Mosquito

An international team of scientists has synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt the transmission of the dengue virus. Led by biologists at the University of California San Diego, the research team describes details of the achievement in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the insects that spread dengue in humans, on January 16 in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Researchers in UC San Diego Associate Professor Omar Akbari’s lab worked with colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in identifying a broad spectrum human antibody for dengue suppression. The development marks the first engineered approach in…

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Manchester United agree to extend Odion Ighalo loan until January 2021

Manchester United agree to extend Odion Ighalo loan until January 2021

Manchester United have agreed a deal to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan until the end of January 2021, pending formal approval. Ighalo initially joined Manchester United in a Deadline Day move from Shanghai Shenua in January, and scored four times in eight appearances in all competitions prior to the suspension of the Premier League. His current deal at Shenua runs out in December 2022 and he will be expected to sign a contract offer until the end of 2024 worth £400,000 a week. He will now miss the majority of the…

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PDP wins Cross River State councils election

PDP Cross River State

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the 2020 local government election in the 18 councils and 196 electoral wards of Cross River. The election, held on May 30 in all council areas of the state, was contested by the All Progressives Congress (APC); Labour Party (LP); Young Progressive Party (YPP); New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the PDP. Declaring the result at a press briefing on Sunday in Calabar, Mike Ushie, Chairman, Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC), said that PDP won in all the 18 councils of the…

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Kiss and Cry – Part 1 (Chapter 1)

Kiss and Cry

By Meadow Murphy Chapter 1 I finish drying my blades and cover them before shoving my figure skates into my bag. The change room is deserted now, because it’s taken me this long just to get ready to leave. Minutes before the Zamboni took to the ice, I fell on my umpteenth attempt at a triple axel. I’ve been working on that jump for over a year now, and I still can’t get it. Competitors two years younger than myself can land it, and they even make it look easy,…

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