Mosquitoes have an Achilles heel in their genes

Summer has only just begun and already, you can’t stand mosquitoes spoiling your evenings? Researchers may well have found a new solution to your problem. A genetic Achilles’ heel that would prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from reproducing. To grow and develop, to reach sexual maturity, all insects rely on a hormone steroid called ecdysone. A ” … Read more

One in 500 men carry an extra sex chromosome

The XX or XY chromosomes define the sex of an individual, but in a significant proportion of men, there may be one too many. People XXY or XYY would then be subject to different health problems as indicated by a recent study conducted at the University of Cambridge. The genetic heritage of the human being … Read more

has there been human-to-human transmission of the monkeypox virus since 2017?

The first results genetic analysis of the strain of the smallpox from the monkey collected in Portugal revealed that the strain which infected 780 people outside Africa was, at the time of writing, phylogenetically related to that of 2017-2019, isolated in Singapore, Israel in Nigeria and the United Kingdom . Today, two specialists in virus … Read more

Seasonal flu, possible direct descendant of the “Spanish” flu

AFP, published on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:35 p.m. Preserved in formalin, deciphered by genetics, European lung tissue from the beginning of the 20th century brings new knowledge about the “Spanish flu”, of which one of the seasonal flu viruses could be a direct descendant, according to a study published on Tuesday in Nature. … Read more