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← Genetically-modified mosquito designed to avoid malaria spread

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Comment 10 by Alan4discussion

Comment 9 by rjohn19

If I could modify mosquitos, their resistance to parasites would not occupy much of my research budget. As the old pun goes, "I've had anopheles damn mosquitos."

Ah! You need one of these traps!

Your midge trap brings up two questions that would be vital for success of an anti-malaria strategy based on GM mosquitoes. Basically does the plasmodium parasite modify the behaviour or smell of it's hosts? Are infected humans "tastier" for the mosquitoes and does the presence of the parasite in the mosquitoes, or the insects immune genes affect their probability of biting infected humans rather than healthy ones if they can tell them apart?

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:04:20 UTC | #947422