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Manipulating the Mosquito's Lifespan to Control Malaria

Michael Riehle of the University of Arizona in the U.S. will manipulate insulin signaling in mosquito tissues to create a new breed of mosquito that has a shorter lifespan, yet has increased fertility. Because only older mosquitoes can transmit the malaria parasite, the team hopes these fertile, short-lived mosquitoes will replace longer-lived malaria carriers.

More information about Create New Tools to Accelerate the Eradication of Malaria (Round 3)

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