Birth control for mosquitoes

12/22/2009 | AlertNet

Manipulating the reproductive ability of mosquitoes could help stem the spread of malaria, British scientists report in the journal PLoS Biology. Removing the "mating plug" that ensures successful reproduction for the Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito species most responsible for spreading malaria in Africa, would render the mosquitoes' once-a-lifetime mating ineffective, the scientists said.

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