Taking the fight against disease to mosquitoes

Gregory Devine,  Setopati,  2024.

Scientists have a new weapon in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. They’re releasing male mosquitoes into the wild to mate with wild females, but there’s a sting in the tale.  These males have been manipulated so that the offspring resulting from their pairings do not develop — they die before they can ever bite or reproduce. As a result, the entire population over the release area crashes and the chances of disease transmission diminish. It’s just one approach being tested to stem the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.


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