Genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes, and in Brazil, more than a million new cases of the disease can be seen each year. But researchers have now released a new weapon against the disease- in the form of genetically modified mosquitoes. Recently released in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba, these modified mosquitoes are all males, […]

Mosquito sex changes: not science fiction any more …

Mosquito sex changes: not science fiction any more …

It’s that time of year… mosquito season. Mosquitoes are responsible for quite a bit of disease spread, including yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and canine heartworm, just to name a few. In the case of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, the females are the problem – males don’t bite, and therefore won’t spread disease. So […]