In the war on malaria, a new tactic on mosquitoes – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In its study, “Fighting malaria with engineered symbiotic bacteria from vector mosquitoes,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team has focused on a bacterium that lives in the Anopheles mosquito’s mid-gut alongside the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

The team made a genetic change in the bacterium (Pantoea agglomerans) that has a symbiotic relationship with the parasite so the bacterium will secrete proteins toxic to the parasite. In rodent studies, the team succeeded in reducing a rodent parasite — a parasite from the same family of Plasmodium parasites as the one that causes malaria — by 98 percent.

via In the war on malaria, a new tactic on mosquitoes – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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