Volume 94 Issue 14 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 4, 2016 | Web Date: March 30, 2016

Nootkatone tested as a mosquito repellent

Synthetic biology firm to work with CDC on terpene that may help control Zika
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: synthetic biology, Zika, nootkatone, synthetic biology, pesticide

Nootkatone, a grapefruit-scented terpene, may become a new addition to the small arsenal of mosquito-control tools that could help stop the spread of the Zika virus, according to Evolva, a Swiss biotechnology firm.

A common flavor and fragrance molecule, nootkatone can be extracted from grapefruit skins or the bark of the Alaska yellow cedar. But it is a popular target molecule of synthetic biology firms working to scale-up less-expensive fermentation production routes.

In 2014, Evolva . . .

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