Author Archives: César Tomé

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César Tomé is the editor of Mapping Ignorance.

Specially engineered antibody blocks most HIV strains in monkeys
A potent tri-specific antibody that targets nearly 100% of HIV strains and prevents infection in monkeys has been developed by National Institutes of Health scientists and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi. The antibody […]

Single-strand DNA robot developed to transport tiny cargo
A tiny robot made from a strand of DNA that can transport cargo has been developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and is one of the first steps towards […]

Geneticists pan paper that claims to predict a person’s face from their DNA
Reviewers and a co-author of a paper by genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter claim that it misrepresents the risks of public access to genome data.
Immune cells […]

Molecules in larvae’s food determine whether honeybees are queens or workers
Plant microRNA plays a key role in determining whether a female honeybee develops into a queen or a sterile worker. The tiny molecules are present in bee bread, a […]

Gut microbes change seasonally in Tanzania’s Hadza people
The gut microbes of a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania change along with the seasons. Researchers collected stool samples from the Hadza and found that not only is their gut microbiome diverse, […]

Cloud bands like those around Neptune observed on brown dwarfs
Cloud bands similar to those around Neptune have been detected surrounding brown dwarfs, massive objects that aren’t quite planets and didn’t make the cut as stars. This is the first […]

CRISPR edits genes in pigs to make organs safer for transplants
Researchers have inactivated porcine endogenous retroviruses using CRISPR-Cas9, paving the way for potentially safer pig-to-human transplants. After 25 retroviruses were edited out of the pig DNA, the genetic material […]

First look at inner workings of water vortexes
The links, twists and writhes of water vortexes and how they all work together have been observed for the first time. The findings could help researchers better understand larger vortexes, such as […]

Genetic study offers new clues about tardigrades
Tardigrades make very specific proteins that help their cells keep their shape even when there is no water present, helping explain why the tiny creatures can survive desiccation. The study also suggests that […]

Cows may help researchers develop vaccine for HIV
Cows’ immune systems show an extraordinary ability to neutralize HIV and may help researchers develop a vaccine for humans. Scientists say cows’ unique digestive system may play a role in their ability […]