Editing the Mosquito Genome

May 7, 2015

Gene editing technology is opening up a whole new world for science.  Entomologists at Virginia Tech are using it to find out exactly how mosquitos transmit deadly diseases to humans.

Most mosquito species do not transmit disease, but a few native to Africa, and now showing up in the southern U.S. do; Fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya.  Those viruses kill hundreds of thousand of people each year, most of them children.

This next story, part 2 of our look at the work of undergraduate researchers, reminds us that the process of finding things out, is not always something you want to discuss in polite company. 

But before you accuse us of having a ‘potty mouth’ listen to how this Virginia Tech design major, got the idea for creating greener cleaner bathrooms. 

Alexandria Hubbard is a junior in the residential and environmental design program. Last year she did a semester abroad that took her to Morocco.

Sometimes it seems like so many new discoveries are being made, that it’s hard to keep up with all the new knowledge coming at us each day.  Well, you have researchers to thank for that.  People, who get curious about something, then make a plan to find out more.

Hydrogen Economy A Step Closer

Apr 7, 2015
Virginia Tech

The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.

Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas.  But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.

TEDxRVA: Uncommon

Apr 5, 2015

Organizers of this week’s TEDxRVA event are hoping for a packed house at Richmond’s CenterStage Carpenter Theatre Friday, April 10. The event features 22 speakers, all in less than an eight-hour day, exploring the rare and the extraordinary.

Ticket for the event are $50.  Get more information here.