Mosquitoes kill about 727,000 humans around the globe every year with various blood borne diseases like malaria so scientists have come up with a devilish method to destroy them.
A team of experts, lead by researchers from the University of Maryland, have engineered a GMO (genetically modified organism) fungus that is able to express multiple toxins that are able to kill mosquitoes.
A dead mosquito is seen covered in the new GMO fungus to produce spider and scorpion toxins. Photo by Brian Lovett/UMD
The origins of the word spirit comes to us the from Latin spiritus “breath, spirit,” from spirare “breathe.” It was an ancient belief for thousands of years that supernatural beings or things fly and float in the air and they could enter a person’s body simply by breathing in these beings or things.
These flying spirits in the air have been known over the last few thousand years by various names such as “elementals, demons, devils, succubi, incubi, ghosts, specters, phantoms, unclean and impure spirits” to name a few. (more…)
In a recent Science Daily article, Gut microbes may talk to the brain through cortisol, researchers from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences explain how recent studies show that human gut microbes can influence human health, behavior, and certain neurological disorders, such as autism.
The authors of the study say that results from a new study suggest a pathway of communication between certain gut bacteria and brain metabolites, by way of a compound in the blood known as cortisol. And unexpectedly, the finding provides a potential mechanism to explain the characteristics of autism.” (more…)