Mosquitoes Resistant To Malaria Parasite

July 23, 2010, 8:41 a.m.


Researchers "have developed a transgenic mosquito that is completely immune to infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the primary malaria-causing parasite in humans. The researchers hope that their findings will one day be used as part of a new strategy to combat malaria," Scientific American's "Observations" blog reports. The research was published Thursday in PLoS Pathogens (Zeliadt, 7/15). "The mosquitoes used in the research were Anopheles stephensi, a species that plays a major role in malaria transmission throughout the Indian subcontinent," HealthDay/Bloomberg Businessweek writes (7/15).

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