000 to aid immediate health needs in Guyana.

The population in the flood-affected communities needs shelter, water and food. At present, only ten % of the population estimated to get food is actually receiving it and just 20 % of these who need water are receiving it, due to lack of access to affected areas largely. Public health applications in the area have been interrupted and there exists a great demand for post emergency interventions because of the preexisting vulnerability of the population to dengue, malaria and various other vector-borne diseases. The 27 inches of rainfall that fell in January triggered significant flooding in the most densely populated regions of Guyana, with more than 70,000 people in the Georgetown region and at least 100,000 in coastal regions suffering from the floods seriously.In this scholarly study, Patrick Mehlen’s group shows that the DCC gene , which codes for a ‘dependence receptor’, protects the organism from the starting point of malignancy by causing the loss of life of cells that become cancerous. The experts used a mouse model where the DCC gene has been genetically modified. The mutation of this dependence receptor helps prevent the induction of apoptosis. When the DCC gene can be eliminated by mutation, the mouse develops colon cancer.