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Gene editing kills malaria carrying mosquitoes

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By ITN News Editor October 14, 2018 13:33

Gene editing kills malaria carrying mosquitoes

Researchers in England have wiped out a population of malaria carrying mosquitoes in a laboratory using gene editing. The team at Imperial College London spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction through the caged population, raising hopes of one day being able to wipe out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the wild. The technique, called a gene drive, would see modified mosquitoes released in the future, spreading female infertility within local malaria-carrying mosquito populations and causing them to collapse.

The research, published in Nature Biotechnology last month, represents the first time a gene drive has been able to completely suppress a population, overcoming resistance issues previous approaches have faced.

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By ITN News Editor October 14, 2018 13:33
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