Frog and Craniofacial Abnormalities
Oct25

Frog and Craniofacial Abnormalities

In the United States, 12 babies are born every day with a cleft lip, only one type of craniofacial abnormality. Scientists are studying the African Clawed Frog to understand how they are able to correct these abnormalities before birth.

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Goats and Malaria: Milking the Way to a More Accessible Malaria Vaccine
Nov22

Goats and Malaria: Milking the Way to a More Accessible Malaria Vaccine

Malaria is caused by an organism that shifts its shape a lot, so a vaccine is very hard to develop. Malarial merozoite surface proteins, or MSPs, were identified as a viable vaccine for malaria. To mass-produce MSPs, scientists genetically engineered a herd of goats to produce MSPs in their milk. Last year, more goats that produced milk with vaccine were bred in Houston—their purpose is to produce an economic drinkable form of malaria vaccine for third world countries.

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