Parasitic worms can cause huge damage by infecting humans and livestock, but the effectiveness of drugs commonly used against them is waning due to increasing resistance. Here Tony Page discusses his group’s study in BMC Biology on how the “golden death” bacterium, Chryseobacterium nematophagum, which digests parasitic nematodes from the inside out, could potentially be used as a future biocontrol agent.
On this World Whale Day, we’ve been diving deep into the archives to find our most interesting research on our aquatic friends. Recreationally, around the world, people often enjoy embarking on whale watching trips – but where will you find the most enigmatic species? Researchers have spent many years documenting and recording whales and their migration routes, like some sort of Orwhaleian dystopia… but how much do you know?
A debate on the above question is important because the Australian Government policy considers dingoes as a feral, allowing the widespread killing of the Australian dingo. Professor Bill Ballard and Dr Laura Wilson, authors of a new article on this topic lead us through the debate.
Recently published research in Genome Biology identifies several new CRISPR-Cas12a loci, a type of CRISPR-Cas system for editing mammalian genomes. Here, two of the authors of the paper, Wei Li and Fei Teng, tell us about their research and how it enhances and expands the genome editing toolbox.
“Pigs are so compelling, so mysterious, so contradictory – finicky yet fat, massive yet dainty, stolid yet smart. We can’t decide what we think of them.” – Nissenson M, Jonas S. The ubiquitous pig. 1. New York: Abrams; 1992