Navigation Links
DNA barcoding of mosquito species deployed in bid to end elephantiasis
Date:4/29/2009

New biotechnologies that allow scientists to quickly and accurately distinguish species based on a simple DNA analysis are being creatively deployed for the first time in the war against a major global disease.

The University of Ghana, supported by the Philadelphia-based JRS Biodiversity Foundation, is pioneering the use of DNA "barcodes" to map menacing mosquito species in West Africa that spread lymphatic filariasis (LF), commonly known as elephantiasis. Using a short DNA sequence from a particular genome region, scientists can obtain a species' 'barcode' identity. Barcodes are needed because closely-related species, with different capabilities to transmit LF, are otherwise hard to distinguish.

The ability to precisely identify mosquito species in this way is a promising advance in the battle against LF, an often disfiguring disease that today threatens 1 billion people across roughly 80 countries. Over 120 million people have the parasitic infection and more than 40 million have been permanently disabled or disfigured.

The research is identifying species spreading the worm larvae that clog the human lymph system, often causing grotesque swelling. By revealing the menace species' habitat and range, it also aids understanding of environmental factors that influence their breeding and abundance.

"The scientific breakthrough of DNA barcoding, which grew explosively from a single Canadian research paper in 2003, is shedding new light on LF a horrific and entirely preventable health scourge in developing countries," says principal investigator Prof. Daniel Boakye of the University of Ghana.

"Beyond the immediate battle against this disease in West Africa, the value to human health of these important new tools will grow as the range and habitats of specific mosquito species shift due to climate change."

LF is a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability worldwide and results from a microscopic, threa
'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
JRS Biodiversity Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Blood testing, mosquito style
2. Malaria immunity trigger found for multiple mosquito species
3. Hoarding rainwater could dramatically expand range of dengue-fever mosquito
4. Mosquitoes create harmonic love song before mating, study finds
5. No more big stink: scent lures mosquitoes, but humans cant smell it
6. Pathway found that lets mosquitoes fatten up, slow down for winter
7. Ayurvedic nightshade deadly for dengue mosquito
8. Netting mosquitoes to prevent malaria
9. Researchers put the bite on mosquitoes
10. Earlier bites by uninfected mosquitoes boost West Nile deaths in lab mice
11. USDA Cooperative Agreement funds mosquito project at Rutgers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/23/2014)... a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed ... solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by ... light source to treat oil sands process affected water ... and James Bolton have found that using the sunlight ... as efficiently but at a much lower cost. , ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... The National Institutes of Health will award funds to ... Drug Screening program to improve ways of predicting drug ... to refine existing 3-D human tissue chips and combine ... complex functions of the human body. Led by the ... will support 11 institutions at $17 million in 2014 ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... Company has secured $21 million in a Series C ... the Company,s cancer immunotherapy pipeline and advance its lead ... the round, with participation from Majuven and all existing ... Harbinger Venture Capital. , Eureka is engaged in ... mimic the functions of a T cell receptor, a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Solar energy-driven process could revolutionize oil sands tailings reclamation 2NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 2NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 3NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 4
... This release is available in German . ... disk currently consists of about 3 million magnetic atoms. Researchers ... memory with one bit per molecule. By an electric pulse, ... magnetic state and a low-conductive, non-magnetic state. This novel correlation ...
... in most developing countries to meet the United Nations, ... from hunger by 2015 compared with 1990 levels, according ... and weight, published today in the Lancet . ... improved overall since 1985, one in five infants and ...
... medicine for Parkinson,s disease, by investigating signs of the ... respond to drug treatments. The study was funded by ... skin cells from patients with genetically inherited forms of ... found that neurons derived from individuals with distinct types ...
Cached Biology News:Nature: Molecule changes magnetism and conductance 2Developing world has less than 5 percent chance of meeting UN child hunger target, study estimates 2Developing world has less than 5 percent chance of meeting UN child hunger target, study estimates 3Patient-derived stem cells could improve drug research for Parkinson's 2Patient-derived stem cells could improve drug research for Parkinson's 3Patient-derived stem cells could improve drug research for Parkinson's 4
(Date:9/23/2014)... , Sept. 23, 2014 News ... India devoted to genome-based research for ... Genomics (NIBMG) is taking a bite out of oral ... among males in India with the ... solutions from DataDirect Networks (DDN). , To fuel its ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... , Sept. 23, 2014   GenoSpace , ... comprehensive suite of tools to enable the broad use ... announced that it has been awarded Phase I of ... from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140922/147649 ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... Dr. Williams says, “Find The Black Box ... a three phase process that can lead to the ... would go far beyond anything previously imagined. First everyone ... healthcare.” , “Every effort to improve the quality of ... progress throughout that system because all of the experts ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... who were treated with a statin in the hospital ... likely to survive than those who were not, according ... . This study was conducted by the same researchers ... can improve survival in victims of ischemic stroke., Ischemic ... a blood vessel that blocks blood from reaching areas ...
Breaking Biology Technology:National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) Deploys DataDirect Networks Storage to Achieve Significant Performance Improvement in World-Class Genomics Research and Collaboration for Oral Cancer 2National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) Deploys DataDirect Networks Storage to Achieve Significant Performance Improvement in World-Class Genomics Research and Collaboration for Oral Cancer 3National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) Deploys DataDirect Networks Storage to Achieve Significant Performance Improvement in World-Class Genomics Research and Collaboration for Oral Cancer 4National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) Deploys DataDirect Networks Storage to Achieve Significant Performance Improvement in World-Class Genomics Research and Collaboration for Oral Cancer 5GenoSpace Awarded Fast Track SBIR Grant to Enable Data Access and Cohort Construction for Biorepositories 2Dr. Ira Williams Offers the Healthcare Solution Necessary for Patient Safety Improvement 2Statin use during hospitalization for hemorrhagic stroke associated with improved survival 2
... of Allowance of European Patent Application Covering Its Core Natural ... Applications Protection Rights to All Cytokine ... ... (GO), a biotechnology,company dedicated to the discovery and development of improved ...
... 24 Researchers at 28th annual,National Academy ... City this,weekend will present data to help ... breast cancer survivors affected by,"Chemobrain". Chemobrain is ... types of cancer. It is associated with ...
... 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Oncothyreon Inc. (Nasdaq:,ONTY) (TSX:ONY), a ... products for the treatment of cancer, today,announced that ... scheduled to present at the 7th Annual BIO ... 2008 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time., A ...
Cached Biology Technology:GenOdyssee Receives Broad Product Applications Protection in EU for Founding Natural Evolution Technology 2GenOdyssee Receives Broad Product Applications Protection in EU for Founding Natural Evolution Technology 3GenOdyssee Receives Broad Product Applications Protection in EU for Founding Natural Evolution Technology 4Brain Fitness Program Offers Hope for Breast Cancer Survivors Suffering From 'Chemobrain' 2
...
Recalibration of HL-2000-CAL products...
Mature rat whole blood (Sprague-Dawley, averaging 7-8 weeks of age, either sex) is collected at the time of slaughter and processed within 45 minutes. It is then filtered through gauze, pooled in an ...
Several Pichia pastoris strains are available to allow you to optimize expression and recovery of your protein of interest. Table 1 provides information to help you choose the appropriate strain....
Biology Products: