UC San Diego Biology Lab Receives $1.4M Grant to Fight Malaria Spread

E. Dameron,  UC San Diego News Center,  2022.

Scientists at the University of California San Diego are hard at work on new genetic technologies intended for use in curbing mosquito populations, fighting the spread of malaria and mitigating the hazards associated with the deployment of gene-editing systems in the wild. That work is now being bolstered by a $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “My lab, historically, was a fruit fly lab,” said Ethan Bier, distinguished professor of developmental biology at UC San Diego and science director for the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society. “About five years ago in collaboration with the laboratory of Anthony James at UC Irvine, we started transferring some of our genetic strategies into mosquitoes. We’re very fortunate that the Gates Foundation is supporting the continuation of that work.”

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