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18 February 2014

Darwin’s Argentine beetle, GM mosquitoes released in Panama to combat dengue, and diabetes in Mexicans.

ARGENTINA

A team of Argentine scientists has made the cover of the latest issue of the journal Cell. The authors were able to identify the reasons why some tumors are refractory to therapy and described a mechanism to block cell proliferation.

Charles Darwin landed in 1832 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina where he collected several specimens including a beetle, Darwinilus sedarisi, which was recently found at the University of Tennessee. Credit via Wikipedia.

Charles Darwin landed in 1832 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina where he collected several specimens. Among them was a brightly colored beetle, Darwinilus sedarisi, which became part of the Museum of Natural History in London but was lost long ago. The beetle was found in the U.S. recently in a sample on loan to the University of Tennessee.

PANAMA

Between March and August 2014, nearly six million genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in Panama to fight its dengue epidemic. It is hoped that transgenic males will mate with wild females, rendering the larvae sterile and thus reducing the population.

MEXICO

Mexicans living in the United States are seeing a deterioration in their health, reports El Universal. A changing diet makes them more prone to diabetes and other diseases. The children of these immigrants start to gain weight after two years

CUBA

BioCubaFarma, a state-owned biotechnology company in Cuba, signed an agreement with French companies for the development, production and sale of a vaccine against hepatitis B called ABX203. This will be tested in clinical trials in Bangladesh and then in Europe.
COSTA RICA

A Costa Rican scientist is studying extinct volcanoes to find the causes of earthquakes occurring on the Atlantic coast of the United States. His work is centered on the volcano Mole Hill that was showed that this 150 million is younger than previously thought years.