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To End Malaria In Africa, a Scientist From Africa Invented Gene Drive Technology.

Salman Ahmad,  CTN News,  2023.

Abdoulaye Diabate, a scientist from Africa, is currently working on a groundbreaking technology called ‘gene drive’ that has the potential to eradicate malaria or the mosquitoes that cause it from the continent. Diabate, who received the prestigious 2023 Falling Walls Prize for Science and Innovation Management, is developing an ingenious technique that can eliminate female mosquitoes responsible for transmitting malaria by modifying their genes. Using gene drive technology, the reproduction of female mosquitoes is hindered by releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes into the environment. This approach would result in a significant reduction in the number of female mosquitoes, thereby combating malaria throughout the continent.

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