Genetically modified malaria-resistant mosquito

Scientists find new gene

By TTM on 16 July 2010 in News

US based scientists have come up with a new type of mosquito engineered to be malaria resistant.

Researchers at the University of Arizona have reported their findings in the journal PLOS Pathogens highlighting the introduction of a new gene at affects the insect gut and gives the insect resistant to the malaria parasite. Research showed that the new gene also reduces the insect's life span.

Eventually the scientists would like to introduce the malaria-resistant mosquitoes into the environment.

 

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