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Guilt by association: GM Mosquito = Monsanto Profits

September 26, 2010 - 23:16 -- Mark Benedict

Researchers who have been devoting themselves to creation of mosquitoes that cannot transmit disease are facing formidable foes: a warm reception for specious arguments and deep pocket anti-GM organizations.Plans to release GM mosquitoes in Malaysia provide a window into the opposition. Will GM mosquitoes be given a chance to improve human health?

One man’s mosquito trash is another man’s malaria treasure

June 7, 2010 - 19:46 -- Mark Benedict

There is a vision currently being researched in mosquito laboratories; the possibility that it may be possible to release mosquitoes containing some genetic factor that would drive through wild populations and disable their capacity to transmit disease. Not likely you say?

Stunning Feature of Life-shortened Aedes

January 2, 2010 - 22:24 -- Mark Benedict

I know this web site is MALARIA World. But the field of genetic control of vectors is so small that I hope you will indulge me in a blog that reaches into arbovirology and highlights the kind of technology we might anticipate against Plasmodia in Anopheles. Genetic control of vectors received another Christmas gift when a bonus remarkable phenotype due to Wolbachia infection - in addition to cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) and life shortening - was reported in Cell.

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