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Fire ant venom to combat thick skin

By Flora Southey

Researchers say compounds from fire ant venom could be used to develop psoriasis treatments which limit skin-thickening side effects.

Only female mosquitoes spread malaria

CRISPR editing gives mosquitoes malaria-resistant DNA

By Fiona BARRY

Scientists trying to curb malaria deaths usually concentrate on preventing mosquito bites or developing human vaccines and therapies, but novel gene-editing tool CRISPR is opening up another path.