Progress in the fight against Malaria has stalled, the World Health Organisation warned this week.
Containment of malaria transmission largely depends on vector control — that is, on eliminating the parasite-transmitting Anopheles mosquito — and gene drives have emerged as a promising approach to achieve this goal.
Scientists are trying new ways to win over a skeptical public
Scientists deploy new weapons to eradicate an age-old enemy: Mosquitoes
Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.
Freeze on genetic technology would have been a disaster, say scientists, but activists plan to renew the fight.
Gene drives are being investigated as tools to eradicate infectious diseases or control pests that cause agricultural, economic, and environmental damages; yet they have also raised concerns.
From ancient soothsayers to Wall Street stock pickers, humans have always yearned to be able to tell the future. The ability, needless to say, has mostly been overstated.
The death toll from diseases carried by mosquitoes is so huge that scientists are working on a radical idea. Why not eradicate them?
Although the number of cases of and deaths related to malaria has been declining steadily for 15 years, the disease continues to cause more than 400,000 deaths annually, primarily in Africa (90% of deaths) and among children (70% of deaths)
Professor Austin Burt has been awarded a President’s Medal for his work engaging the public in malaria-control projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Pan-African Mosquito Control Association will be hosting a short course on Gene Drive, entitled “Novel Genetic Control strategies: considerations for responsible research”. For more information on the course and on how to apply, please visit this link.
An international group of scientists is pushing a groundbreaking DNA editing programme known as “mosquito gene drive” for a long-term solution to the spread of malaria in Africa.
BANA, Burkina Faso — This small village of mud-brick homes in West Africa might seem the least likely place for an experiment at the frontier of biology.
Malaria, a disease transmitted by a type of mosquito called Anopheles, kills 500,000 people every year, most of them in Africa. But Andrea Crisanti, professor of molecular parasitology at London’s Imperial College, has a plan to eradicate it in many countries.
Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.
Multiple strategies are needed to ensure safe gene drive experiments.
Scientists have created mosquitoes that produce 95% male offspring, with the aim of helping control malaria. Flooding cages of normal mosquitoes with the new strain caused a shortage of females and a population crash.
Scientists have hailed the genetic modification of mosquitoes that could crash the insect’s populations as a “quantum leap” that will make a substantial and important contribution to eradicating malaria.
Scientists believe a new strain of mosquito that produces almost entirely male offspring could turn the tables in the fight against malaria.