MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES COULD BE WIPED OUT FOR GOOD WITH GENE-EDITING

Using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, scientists have discovered a new way to limit the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, which has the potential to block the transmission of diseases like Zika and malaria across whole continents. The team’s model shows that by modifying the gene coding of mosquitoes to lower fertility rates, and controlling the way those …

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OZONE HOLE IS SLOWLY HEALING – BUT THIS CHEMICAL COULD DELAY ITS RECOVERY BY DECADES

While the famous Antarctic “ozone hole” is finally beginning to heal, 30 years after it was first discovered, scientists have just identified a new threat to its recovery. A study, just out Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that a common industrial chemical called dichloromethane – which has the power to destroy …

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LAND-BASED CO2 COULD BE STORED SUBSEA

Statoil has been contracted by Gassnova to evaluate the development of a carbon storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf for CO2 generated by land-based industry.  The storage project is part of Norwegian authorities’ efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway. If it goes ahead, it would …

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