Super-Mendelian mosquitoes may fight malaria - April, 2016
A recent outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas has brought mosquitoes buzzing onto the front pages of newspapers. With a bite, infected mosquitoes can transmit Zika to humans. Of course, Zika is in the news now, but mosquito-borne diseases are nothing new. Malaria, in particular, threatens human health on an even wider scale than Zika. With advances in genetic technology, scientists are investigating a new approach to battling mosquito-borne disease: genetically engineering resistant mosquitoes. In fact, in 2012, researchers showed that mosquitoes engineered to carry two different malaria resistance genes, could not transmit the disease at all!
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