Scientists wipe out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the lab by creating male-only offspring

Scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite,…

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Theories Describing Light and Matter Interactions     Imperial College London physicists have discovered how to create matter from light – a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago. In just one day over several cups of coffee in a tiny office in Imperial’s Blackett Physics Laboratory, three physicists worked…

Parasite makes mice lose fear of cats permanently

Behavioural changes persist after Toxoplasma infection is cleared. Eliot Barford 18 September 2013 Mice infected with toxoplasmosis lose their instinctive fear for the smell of cats — and the parasite’s effects may be permanent. Wendy Ingram/Adrienne Greene A parasite that infects up to one-third of people around the world may have the ability to permanently…

Exposed: Edward Erin, the doctor whose faked asthma drug test results proved fatal

Fabricated research was not discovered until Edward Erin tried to poison his girlfriend John Lawless Monday, 17 June 2013 A British doctor faked test results during clinical trials for an asthma drug in which one person died and others contracted cancer and pneumonia, The Independent has learnt. Dr Edward Erin’s fabrications were not detected until…

Study shows drinking one 12oz sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent

Contact: Sam Wong Press Office sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk 44-020-759-42198 Diabetologia Drinking one (or one extra)* 12oz serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can be enough to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, a new study suggests. The research is published in  Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study…

Financial meltdown was caused by too many bankers taking cocaine, says former government drugs tsar Prof David Nutt

Academic, who was sacked for claiming that horse riding was as safe as taking ecstasy, said abuse of cocaine caused the financial meltdown. Rob Williams Monday, 15 April 2013 The former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, has said the financial crisis was caused by too many bankers taking cocaine. The controversial academic, who was…

Scientists described small genetic changes that enable the H5N1 bird flu virus to replicate more easily in the noses of mammals

  Bird flu mutation study offers vaccine clue by  Sam Wong   08 April 2013                       Scientists have described small genetic changes that enable the H5N1 bird flu virus to replicate more easily in the noses of mammals. So far there have only been isolated cases of bird flu in humans, and no widespread transmission as…

Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say

2010 report posted for filing Contact: Sam Wong sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk 44-020-759-42198 Imperial College London Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so that customers can neutralize the heart disease dangers of fatty food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new study published this week Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs…

A vaccine-derived strain of poliovirus that has spread in recent years is serious but it can be tackled with an existing vaccine

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Laura Gallagher l.gallagher@imperial.ac.uk 44-020-759-48432 Imperial College London Polio research gives new insight into tackling vaccine-derived poliovirus A vaccine-derived strain of poliovirus that has spread in recent years is serious but it can be tackled with an existing vaccine, according to a new study published today in the New England…

Study shows potential benefit of dark chocolate for liver disease patients

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Isabelle Scali media.easl2010@cohnwolfe.com 44-771-743-5103 European Association for the Study of the Liver Vienna, Austria, Thursday 15 April: Doctors could soon be prescribing a dose of dark chocolate to help patients suffering from liver cirrhosis and from dangerously high blood pressure in their abdomen, according to new research presented today…

Human nose too cold for bird flu, says new study ( H5N1 )

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Lucy Goodchild lucy.goodchild@imperial.ac.uk 44-207-594-6702 Imperial College London Avian influenza viruses do not thrive in humans because the temperature inside a person’s nose is too low, according to research published today in the journal PLoS Pathogens. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the University of North…