Mosquitoes Modified to Create Only Male Offspring Could Help Eradicate Malaria

From Entomology Today

Anopheles mosquito image from online article
Anopheles mosquito image from online article

Scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria.

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease to humans are no longer produced.

Read the entire article in Entomology Today.

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