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Modified mosquitoes may reduce malaria

London researchers have discovered a way to genetically modify a mosquito species that carries malaria parasites, in order to decrease their fertility and in a long run and to reduce the transmission of malaria.

The most recent research led by a team in London Imperial College, has shown that by genetically modifying the mosquitoes, the modified gene can disrupt egg production in the females, reducing the transmission of malaria.

The technology used is called “gene drive”, it enables the gene to be passed down to generations at an accelerated rate, and over time spread the gene through a population.

This new technique may complement the existing methods of mosquito control, relying on genetic spread through targeted species.

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