Friday, July 16, 2010

Malaria-Proof Mosquito

From Independent
Jeremy Laurance: Eradicating this biblical plague is becoming possible
"The achievement of Michael Riehle and his team at the University of Arizona is impressive. But by their own admission, they have done the easy bit – create a genetically modified mosquito that cannot transmit malaria.
To help with controlling the disease, the GM mosquito must first be proved safe for release into the wild and, second, must be given some advantage that renders it superior to natural populations so it can drive them out. That is much harder to do."
More details in Science Daily First Malaria-Proof Mosquito: Genetic Manipulation Renders Them Completely Immune to the Parasite

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