Scientists turn deadly Mosquitoes against their own offspring

Press release 24 Jun 2009
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Scientists turn deadly Mosquitoes against their own offspring

A new field demonstration from Peru suggests that we might be able to co-opt adult mosquitoes into applying insecticides for us, and that they are far more efficient at doing this than humans are. LSTM's Dr Gerry Killeen (seconded to the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania) created a simple model that helps interpret the technique and suggests that it might have applications for the control of malaria vectors.

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