TS Picks: March 31, 2016

Aedes aegypti genome collaboration unites competitors; DIY CRISPR; Pinterest for academics 

Mar 31, 2016
Tracy Vence

WIKIMEDIA, MUHAMMAD MAHDI KARIM

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • “With the Zika virus spreading largely unchecked in Latin America and the Caribbean by way of a now-notorious insect, some of the nation’s leading mosquito researchers are striving to assemble a state-of-the-art DNA map that they say will help them fight the disease with the mosquito’s own genetic code. The quest involves scientists from assorted disciplines who rarely collaborate, often compete for funding and have different ideas about how to genetically manipulate the mosquito, Aedes aegypti.” —The New York Times
     
  • Nature describes a National Institutes of Health-funded study that aims to assess the effects of delaying puberty with drugs—GnRH agonists—given to transgender adolescents. Robert Garofalo of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and colleagues hope to recruit 280 study participants, Nature reported.
     
  • The image-hosting service figshare last week rolled out a feature it’s calling an “academic Pinterest.” With the Collections feature, figshare users can group related content. “This gives new context to your work, offering one place to host your research outputs with its own URL and view counts,” the company said in a blog post.
     
  • Fusion reports on how biohackers are accessing do-it-yourself CRISPR.