Bizarre news, US researchers create a mosquito not potential enough to transmit malaria.
Finally after spending years on researches related to discovery of drugs targeting malaria, these researchers from University of California have focused on root cause of malaria and tried to tackle the problem.
It is being expected that this new advancement will definitely save lives of millions, especially women and children, affected each year in several parts around the world due to malaria.
UCI molecular biology professor Anthony James, along with colleagues at UCI and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said “We engineered genes to produce antibodies in the immune system of the mosquito species Anopheles stephensi. The antibodies kill the infectious version of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum”.
Scientists claimed that their genetically altered insect can be introduced in regions like India and the Middle East, where non-modified version of the same mosquito has been found responsible for spreading malaria.
They suggested that the modified mosquito when introduced in wild mosquito populations, will then reproduce, thus transferring malaria-resistant genes throughout the population.
The scientists asserted that they used the same method to bring about changes in mosquito species in the lab. Hence, it is believed that the method will even be successful for other species.
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