African malaria mosquitoes more genetically complex than thought due to interbreeding

The study by a team of scientists from West Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom documents substantial amounts of hybridisation among two separate mosquito types in a large area spanning four countries in sub-Saharan western Africa.

“Our research shows that Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, which are responsible for most cases of malaria in Africa, are more genetically complex than we thought due to interbreeding,” said David J. Conway, Ph.D., one of the researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, and the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia.

via African malaria mosquitoes more genetically complex than thought due to interbreeding.

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