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Genetic Modification Methods Show Promise In Making Mosquitoes Resistant To Malaria Parasite, Studies Show

Associated Press: Mosquito gut bacteria may offer clues to malaria control
“Mosquitoes harbor gut bacteria just like people do — and the bugs inside the bugs may hold a key to fighting malaria…” (Neergaard, 9/29).

The Atlantic: Two Ways of Making Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes
“…Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reasoned that if he could engineer those native bacteria to kill Plasmodium, he could stop mosquitoes from ever transmitting malaria…” (Yong, 9/28).

Washington Post: Genetically modified approaches to fighting malaria succeed in new tests
“…The first study focused on whether mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to be more resistant to the malaria-causing parasite would become weaker and less able to mate and breed. … The second study published Thursday uses genetic modification of bacteria found inside mosquitoes to fight malaria…” (Wan, 9/28).

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