Entomologists have succeeded in genetically altering mosquitoes in a way that renders them completely immune to the malaria-causing parasite called Plasmodium.
“If you want to effectively stop the spreading of the malaria parasite, you need mosquitoes that are no less than 100 percent resistant to it. If a single parasite slips through and infects a human, the whole approach will be doomed to fail,” says Michael Riehle, the University of Arizona professor who led the research effort.
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