Mother Lode of Genetic Data

Scientists led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health sequenced the first complete genome from Anopheles funestus, a species of mosquito known to be an understudied yet common vector of the malaria parasite in sub-Saharan Africa.

The insect’s incredible genetic diversity hints at a potential forthcoming split into 2 different species, each with different abilities to transmit malaria, eating behaviors, and even insecticide resistance.

“It’s interesting from an academic and evolutionary view,” says study lead Douglas E. Norris. “But eventually, we might be able to use what we’ve found to build whole new strategies to combat malaria.”

Science Daily

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