Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Wipe Out Malaria

 - Mar 21, 2007
Wiping out malaria with genetically-modified mosquitoes? Sounds so science fiction to me. According to press reports, we are coming ever-closer to realizing a global effort to eradicate this disease. In the next 10 years, scientists should be able to release these transgenic mosquitoes into the wild in "specific" areas known to have high concentrations of malaria parasites. The mosquitoes have neon green eyes due to a genetic gene being inserted into their DNA and are malaria-resistant creatures. US scientists have high hopes after conducting extensive laboratory research, DNA engineering, and tests. The work was done by a US team and appears in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.