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Medtech meets cleantech: Malaria vaccine candidate produced from algae

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used algae as a mini-factory to produce a malaria parasite protein. The algae-produced protein, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, generated antibodies in Continue reading Medtech meets cleantech: Malaria vaccine candidate produced from algae

DNA v environment: Can viruses affect your thinking ability?

After a spate of cases of enterovirus (HEV-68) swept from the midwest states to cover most of the rest of the states, there were several deaths reported, and cases of neurologic problems associated with the virus cropped-up. How common is it for viruses to impact Continue reading DNA v environment: Can viruses affect your thinking ability?

Lethal parasite evolved from pond scum

[8th, May 2014] A lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, according to a genomic investigation by UBC researchers. A team led by UBC Botany’s Patrick Keeling sequenced the genome of Helicosporidium – an intracellular parasite that can kill juvenile blackflies, caterpillars, beetles and… Continue reading Lethal parasite evolved from pond scum