allAfrica.com: Africa: Understanding Malaria

We now know which genes can be manipulated through genetic engineering to create a malaria resistant mosquito,” said Professor George Dimopoulos of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To conduct the study, Dimopoulos’s team used a RNA interference method to “knock down” the genes of the Imd pathway. As the components were inactivated, the researchers could observe how the mosquito’s resistance to parasite infection would change.

via allAfrica.com: Africa: Understanding Malaria.

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