Stories tagged genetic engineering

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.

To learn more about malaria, visit the Science Museum’s on-line exhibit.