Scientists find option to GM mozzies for dengue

| 24/08/2011

(AF): Scientists have made a promising advance for controlling dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites. They've rapidly replaced mosquitoes in the wild with skeeters that don't spread the dengue virus.Some scientists have been trying to fight dengue by limiting mosquito populations. That was the goal in releasing genetically modified mosquitoes last year at sites in Malaysia and the Cayman Islands. Australian scientists took a different tack, they report in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.First, they showed that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the chief carriers of the dengue virus, resist spreading that virus if they are infected with a particular kind of bacteria.

Then they tested whether these resistant mosquitoes could displace their ordinary cousins in the wild, thus reducing the number of dengue-spreading mosquitoes. The resistant mosquitoes have an advantage in reproduction. Resistant females can mate with either resistant or ordinary mosquitoes, and all their offspring will be resistant. But when ordinary females mate with a resistant male, none of the offspring survive.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is there a bacteria that we can inject into West Bay voters to control the spread of stupidity?

  2. B.B.L. Brown says:

    You say that when the resistant males breed with an ordinary female none of the offspring survive?……  Then why not start a program to continuously release resistant males only?  Eventually there would be NO MOSQUITOES.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So let me get this straight….they are gonna breed and spread MORE mosquitos around Cayman? Like we need any more!