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MALARIA RESISTANT MOSQUITO

Malaria resistant mosquito created by scientists

John Hopkins malaria Research institute wants to kill malaria with mosquitoes.

BY OUR PHARMA CORRESPONDENT


March 22, 2007: Challenge the villain with another villain of he same kind. Scientists a the Malaria Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland seem to be doing that. They have created a mosquito that is resistant to malaria.

Genetically engineering a mosquito that is resistant to malaria has now raised great hopes to the world that is combating the disease. It is believed that the modified mosquito survives better than its disease-carrying brethren and the gene is transmitted to future generations. The findings reveal that if such a mosquito can dominate in the wild, replacing the parasite-bearing ones, it could prevent humans being infected with malaria, a report stated.

The report elaborated that researchers led by Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena created genetically modified mosquitoes by giving them a gene that made it impossible for them to pass on the plasmodium parasite that causes malaria. It added that as many as 1,200 genetically modified mosquitoes were then released into a cage holding malaria-infected mice and the same number of wild mosquitoes. As they reproduced, more of the transgenic mosquitoes survived. After nine generations, 70% of the insects belonged to the malaria-resistant strain. The findings added that the ones immune to the parasite lived longer and laid more eggs.

It can be seen that the new method of eradicating malaria could be the order of generations to come as it is more feasible than the chemical treatments deployed at the moment.

 

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