Mar
20
2007

A new weapon against mosquito-borne malaria may be... the mosquitoes themselves: Photo USDA
A new weapon against mosquito-borne malaria may be... the mosquitoes themselves: Photo USDA

Researchers as Johns Hopkins University have genetically engineered a mosquito that is immune to malaria found in mice. The resistant mosquitoes caught the disease less often than wild bugs, and within a few generations widely outnumbered the non-resistant group.

Scientists warn that they are still a long way from developing a mosquito that is resistant to human malaria, let alone testing it or releasing it in the wild. But these early results indicate this could be a promising means of eradicating this deadly disease.

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that mosquitos are discusting. I actualy am glad that we have bats to eat them up. I find it amazing how the bats can eat all them. I supose they aren't very filling. I am very glad we have bats to eat the mosquitos. That is all.

posted on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we should build or take pills that make our skin and blood taste "bad" to the masquitos so they can not harm us and will not want to harm us

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 12:47pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

That's basically what insect repellents do.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 9:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why are we trying to create a new mosquito instead of finding a way to wipe them out completely?

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 2:49pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Because wiping them out is probably impossible, and could wreak havoc on the environment.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 3:27pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Here's another article on the genetically engineered mosquito. The researchers emphasize the need to continue working on other fronts, including a malaria vaccine and insecticides.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 10:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That is pretty cool that they can do that. It will help save many

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 11:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i will help to save them!

posted on Tue, 05/15/2007 - 1:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i am glad dragon flies eat mosquitos

posted on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 1:18pm
Taylor's picture
Taylor says:

I would love to have a better mosquito, but there really isn't any way to fix them. I usually stay inside in the Summer and Spring because of them. I'm glad mosquito eaters eat mosquitoes.
-Taylor

posted on Sat, 11/10/2007 - 2:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you can't build a better mosquito because they are awful things that deserve to be bat food and nothing more. I HATE THE MN "STATE BIRD"!!

posted on Sun, 11/25/2007 - 2:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

mosqitos are a major part in the way our enviorment works so for them to be hated is like hating animals for eating them!!!!!

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 4:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why would i want to build a better mosquito!!!! They are horrible. they kill little children

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 6:34pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Read the article. Scientists want to genetically modify mosquitoes so they are no longer so lethal.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 1:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Have you seen the recent movie concerning the genetically engineered virus that could cure cancer? As they say in Jurassic Park (1), just because we can do it, does not mean we should. There are repercussions for genetically engineering natures creatures and untill we know as much as those who created those creatures we must be very careful.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 4:29pm
Maggie's picture
Maggie says:

I think that creating a new mosquito would be awesome! But how would you do it. It probally be pretty hard.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 4:41pm
Timmah `the terror's picture
Timmah `the terror says:

I want mosquitoes beacuse they are fun to swat.

posted on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 1:15pm

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