Scientists have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse through genetically engineered strains of bacteria.
The engineered bacteria live in the guts of honey bees and act as biological factories, pumping out medicines protecting the bees against two major causes of colony collapse: Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.
The researchers believe their method could one day scale up for agricultural use because the engineered bacteria are easy to grow, inoculating the bees is straightforward and the engineered bacteria are unlikely to spread beyond bees.
Taking advantage of people’s curiosity about the coronavirus, cyber criminals have started deploying malicious files on people’s computers in the guise of providing information and safety tips about the virus.
The researchers from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky have detected such malicious files that were masked under the guise of pdf, mp4 and docx files about the coronavirus.
These files contained a range of threats from Trojans to worms, which are capable of destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data, as well as interfering with the operation of computers or computer networks.