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Mosquito Immune System Engineered to Block Malaria

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute demonstrated for the first time that the Anopheles mosquito's innate immune system could be genetically engineered to block the transmission of the malaria-causing parasite to humans. In addition, they showed that the genetic modification had little impact on the mosquito's fitness under laboratory conditions. The researchers' findings were published December 22 in the online journal PLoS Pathogens.

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