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How Mutant Worms Could Help Alcoholics

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July 16, 2014
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Scientists have discovered a method to prevent intoxication from alcohol in worms, and they hope they can use it to help people with alcoholism. Video provided by Newsy


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"Mutant" Mosquitoes Could Be Released in Florida

"Mutant" Mosquitoes Could Be Released in Florida

Buzz60 (July 17, 2012) — Oxitec, an insect controlling organization, is planning on releasing mutant mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, in an attempt to rid the world Dengue Fever. The disease is carried by the insects and is a leading cause of death in the tropics. The mutant mosquitoes are genetically modified to not carry the illness. The hope there is the new mosquitoes will take over the old population; however, Patrick Jones warns that the consequences are completely unknown.
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Genetic Treatments Could Lead to 500 Year Old People

Genetic Treatments Could Lead to 500 Year Old People

Buzz60 (Dec. 13, 2013) — Researchers say humans living to the old age of 500 may be a possibility one day, if the genetic treatments successfully used to extend worms' life could be applied to humans.The treatment worked on worms, but the next step would be to test with mice. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
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Does Social Engagement Have a Genetic Root?

Does Social Engagement Have a Genetic Root?

FORA.tv (May 13, 2013) — Does Social Engagement Have a Genetic Root? California Academy of Sciences - California Academy of Sciences Innovation is critical for both individual and evolutionary success, but creative disruption requires taking risks. New research marrying the theory and methods of economics to cutting-edge neuroscience techniques - an emerging field known as NeuroEconomics - is making new discoveries about the biological processes that motivate us to take risks and create new solutions to unforeseen challenges. Dr. Platt will describe how the brain overcomes uncertainty to explore novel alternatives and create new knowledge. Parallel findings from humans, monkeys, rodents, and worms indicate that a common suite of underlying mechanisms has evolved to control the desire to explore. At one extreme, neuropsychiatric disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction, may arise from dysfunctional control of exploration. At the other, uniquely human faculties of creativity and technological innovation may reflect elaboration of this shared biological heritage controlling our desire to explore.
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Tiny Okla. Town Tries to Get Worms Out of Water

Tiny Okla. Town Tries to Get Worms Out of Water

AP (Aug. 29, 2013) — A northeast Oklahoma town is temporarily without a water supply after city workers found worms in the municipal water tower.
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