Mosquito immune systems can be engineered to more effectively kill malaria-carrying parasites, blocking transmission to humans.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report that the genetic modification does not compromise the mosquitoes physically. That makes it more likely that they would be able to compete in the wild and spread the genetic change to normal insect populations.
“Malaria is one of world’s most serious public health problems,” says George Dimopoulos, senior author of the study. “New control methods are urgently needed.
“We’ve taken a giant step towards the development of new mosquito strains that could be released to limit malaria transmission, but further studies are needed to render this approach safe and fail-proof.”
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Photo credit: George Dimopoulos, Johns Hopkins University