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Altering Gene of Mosquitoes Brings Hope of Malaria Control

by Savitha C Muppala on April 21, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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 Altering Gene of Mosquitoes Brings Hope of Malaria Control

It may soon be possible to control the spread of malaria by altering the DNA of wild mosquitoes, researchers said.

In a laboratory, researchers made a gene spread from a few mosquitoes to a population of mosquitoes.  When the right gene is spread, it may help control the spread of malaria.

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Professor Andrea Crisanti, from the department of life sciences at Imperial College London, said: "This is an exciting technological development, one which I hope will pave the way for solutions to many global health problems."

Nearly a million people die of malaria annually.



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