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Malaria-proof mosquito engineered

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posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 10:29 AM
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Scientists in the US have succeeded in genetically engineering a malaria-resistant mosquito. The researchers, from the University of Arizona, introduced a gene that affected the insect's gut, meaning the malaria parasite could not develop


www.bbc.co.uk...

[edit on 16-7-2010 by tommyb0y]




posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 11:01 AM
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Can't they just engineer a kill gene? What do we need mosquitoes for anyway? I'm sure bats, frogs, and dragonflies can find something else to eat.

Those damn mosquitoes are soooo aggressive this year, and so big I was starting to worry they ate the frogs .....

There's a gazillion of them



posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 12:14 PM
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interestingly, crowding out fertile males with infertile ones was tested with good success on bot flies, so there are ways to get rid of them already.

if properly tested and done with appropriate diligence, this approach sounds promising, imho and it wouldn't require constant breeding of zillions of infertile males, which must be kind of expensive.



posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 07:38 PM
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Ahh damn you beat me to it


This is a major development and a further proof that science will further our general well being. I hope this is a success but if it is not then someone else will find something that works. The day that malaria is destroyed will be fantastic and worthy of a Noble prize.



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