Malaria is a deadly disease transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the plasmodium parasite. To prevent the parasite from infecting mosquitoes, researchers at the University of San Diego look to a special toxic substance. Despite its rarity, scientists have shown that algae can be used as a mini-factory to produce the substance in large quantities.
Every story has its good and bad guys. But what if you can no longer tell the difference, a situation that occurs when cancer cells force the body’s immune cells into mutiny. Essentially, cells that are supposed to protect you from disease turn on you and support cancer.
Could there be a happy ending to this tragic tale of mutiny? Find out more on cSw.
BREAKING: Cancer treatment doesn’t have to be harmful to the body. A team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University has engineered the immune system to fight cancer cells directly.
A different application of the same substance can yield amazing results. Silibinin, an extract of the milk thistle plant, has long been used as a supplemental treatment for liver disease. Research at the University of Colorado, however, is showing that silibinin can be used for so much more—in particular, to treat tumors, both cancerous and otherwise.
Spanish scientists are using the poison in wasp venom to develop a new weapon in the battle against breast cancer. Other researchers are exploring ways to incorporate wasp venom in a new class of anticancer drugs designed to attack different parts of cancer cells at the same time.
Oxitec, a British biotech company, is combatting the spread of Zika virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, by reducing the mosquito population through genetic engineering. Or rather, letting the bugs limit themselves. Fewer mosquitos? Fewer diseases spread.