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Daniel Levitt

Daniel is a second-year graduate student at the University of Missouri, on the data journalism and visualization track. His interests include business, sports, science and all the intersections in between. Daniel enjoys learning about new things, specifically about people, and how they operate. Contact Daniel by email: dltyf@mail.missouri.edu or on Twitter @DanielLevitt32.

Invasive breast cancer cells are stained red. Image courtesy National Cancer Institute

Professionals don’t necessarily agree on the best standards to screen for breast cancer

COLUMBIA – About one in eight women will develop some kind of invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Finding those cancers isn’t always easy, especially with the current technology used to screen for them. Conventional mammograms have been plagued for years by concerns of false positives. In regular digital scans, images of…

The Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads multiple mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue and Zika. Photo by Graham Snodgrass, under Flickr Creative Commons.

Genetic engineering could stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses – but should we use it?

By Lauren Puckett An epic battle has been growing for decades: Human versus mosquito. Humans attack with poisons, insecticides, vaccinations and medications, but more than one million people worldwide still die from mosquito-borne illnesses every year.  Today, we have the technology to fight these diseases, and it’s called genetic modification. Gene technologies, developed by mosquito…