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Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.

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Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes

By Shawna Williams | April 17, 2018

The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.

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Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater

By The Scientist Staff | February 22, 2018

Geckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.

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Gene Drive Limitations

By Jef Akst | October 9, 2017

In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.

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Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria

By Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | January 1, 2017

Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.

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Infographic: Using Gene Drive to Control Malaria

By Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | January 1, 2017

For years, researchers have looked to genetically modify mosquitoes to prevent the spread of malaria. Now they have a promising strategy.

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Rather than providing complete protection, the long-awaited vaccine merely delays infection by a few years, scientists show.

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“Maleness” Gene Found in Malaria Mosquito

By Anna Azvolinsky | June 30, 2016

Researchers have identified the male-determining gene in the malaria mosquito, whose expression in females is lethal.

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Opinion: Target the Vector

By Mirco Junker | June 28, 2016

Officials’ increased emphasis on mosquito control could benefit public health efforts beyond the ongoing Zika outbreak. 

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CRISPR-Powered Malaria Mosquito Gene Drive

By Tracy Vence | November 24, 2015

Using the precision gene-editing tool, researchers demonstrate an ability to create large populations of malaria parasite–resistant mosquitoes.

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