A small moth could become the newest weapon in Colombia’s war on drugs. The caterpillars of Eloria noyesi, also known as the cocaine. Gene. Jan 17;(1) Epub Nov Molecular cloning and functional characterization of the dopamine transporter from Eloria noyesi. Descriptions and articles about the Cocaine Tussock Moth, scientifically known as Eloria noyesi in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Physical Description; T.

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The takeaway here is that the group was able to selectively narrow down on the cocaine-DAT interaction making a nice little model to dissociate DAT-mediated from serotonin nogesi norepinephrine transporter mediated effects of cocaine.

Gonzalo Andrade, for example, is concerned that the moth may harm the other species of coca plants that have traditional uses.

It turns out that the DATs were pretty similar and highly homologous to DAT from other invertebrate and vertebrate species. America’s Most Revolutionary Artist. Kandas on Comparing Cannabis and Nicotin…. The authors cloned the dopamine transporter DAT from these guys and the silkworm Bombyx mori under the hypothesis that this primary target of cocaine might be responsible for the insensitivity of E.

DM on Citing review articles robs th…. He hopes that further research will be conducted to solidify the notion that the Eloria Noyesi only consumes the two species coca plants that can be utilized for cocaine production. Last week, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced that the country would stop using a controversial herbicide, glyphosate, to destroy cocaine crops, writes Manuel Rueda for Fusion.

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In vivo microdialysis, voltammetry and patch clamp data were supportive. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Aerial spraying has been used to control illegal coca crops, which provide drug cartels with the raw material needed for cocaine production. Email Address never made public. Selectivity being good in pharmacology, of course.

Photo of the Day. Noyezi all, life span of the moth does not exceed 30 days, and for this reason, overpopulation is hardly of concern. This is a picture of Eloria noyesi eating a coca leaf from Chen et alGene, 1: Now accepting submis… on Unpaid internships are a syste…. The fact that this species has successfully ruined coca production and affects the thinking of coca growers speaks elofia the threat that it poses.

Another piece of evidence that supports the implementation is the fact that this species is native to Colombia. The primary concern regarding the plausibility of this anti-narcotic alternative is the potential for environmental degradation.

DrugMonkey biomedical research, just another job…. This is one example where efforts to step back and look at the noyewi picture during grant review would possibly pay off. The use of the Eloria Noyesi for anti-narcotic operations appears plausible because its caterpillars feast on coca plants.

Eloria Noyesi: Colombia’s Potential Solution to Eradicating Illicit Coca

A New Treatment for Blindness. The release of Eloria Noyesi to fight illegal coca production has quickly gathered attention in Colombia. If these moths consume plants other than those that produce coca, their large-scale release into the wild could have severe ramifications on those ecosystems. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Photos Submit to Our Contest. You are commenting using your WordPress. When it was first proposed inofficials in the Colombian government said the proposal was an interesting alternative to spraying herbicides from above.


Looking at Artists Looking at Themselves. Enter your email address. And I can also imagine if they said in advance that they were going to clone the E. The plan would go something like this: Well, it points out that first, research ideas are based on observation. There have been multiple instances recorded where the Eloria Noyesi species decimated coca production.

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In the meantime, eloia argument over whether to use glyphosate herbicides continues. A number of prominent Colombian lepidopterists support this proposal as a safe and cost-efficient alternative in combatting illegal coca production.

A book published by the Office of Technology Assessment of the U. Unleashing a hoard of caterpillars on the plants could also simply mean that cociane growers will turn to a hoard of insecticides to kill them, which could have other health drawbacks as well. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The elpria thing is that the little buggers fail to die from cocaine poisoning, unlike other caterpillers.