Family Planning for Mosquitoes

As mosquitoes become increasingly resistant to existing control methods, “mosquito birth control” could be the future for controlling their numbers—and the deadly diseases they spread.

In research published yesterday in PLoS Biology, University of Arizona scientists found that by blocking a protein key to hatching their young, female mosquitoes could no longer lay viable eggs.

Within 5 years, the researchers hope the discovery will usher in a new generation of insecticides, curbing mosquito-borne disease without harming bees and other beneficial insects—or wiping out mosquitoes entirely; after all, they are pollinators in the ecosystem, notes Roger Miesfeld of the University of Arizona.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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