Scientists engineer mosquitoes that cannot spread malaria

Researchers will collect parasites from children in Tanzania to see whether discovery works in real world

Jane Dalton
Wednesday 21 September 2022 21:28 BST
<p>Children in countries such as Tanzania are susceptible to malaria</p>

Children in countries such as Tanzania are susceptible to malaria

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Scientists have engineered mosquitoes that cannot give humans malaria, saying their work could potentially eliminate the disease.

Researchers at Imperial College London genetically modified the insects so that the growth of malaria-causing parasites in their guts was slowed.

It meant the parasites were unlikely to reach the mosquitoes’ salivary glands and be passed on in a bite before the insects died.

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