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Using genetics to wipe out disease

talenrelease_largeVirginia Tech researchers successfully used a gene disruption technique to change the eye color of a mosquito — a critical step toward new genetic strategies aimed at disrupting the transmission of diseases such as dengue fever, which kills as many as 25,000 people annually.

Zach Adelman and Kevin Myles, both associate professors of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and affiliated researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute, study the transmission of vector-borne diseases and develop novel methods of control, based on genetics. Continue reading

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Helping families strengthen their financial management skills

couplemoney2The past few years have brought financial challenges to many people throughout the commonwealth. One in every nine Virginians lives at or below the poverty level and the current economic climate has only emphasized the need for additional financial education.

Virginia Cooperative Extension has taken steps to help fill this need through its Master Financial Education Volunteer Program. The MFEV program focuses on helping families build their financial capability through classes on topics such as managing money, planning for home ownership, getting out of debt, retirement planning, and preventing identity theft. The program also provides one-on-one mentoring. Continue reading

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