08 Aug '11, 11pm

British scientists said introducing spermless male mosquitoes could halt the deadly spread of malaria

British scientists said introducing spermless male mosquitoes could halt the deadly spread of malaria

Malaria is spread to humans by female mosquitoes who suck blood in order to help their offspring grow. -- PHOTO: NEA WASHINGTON (AFP) - MALARIA is spread to humans by female mosquitoes who suck blood in order to help their offspring grow, but British scientists said on Monday that introducing spermless males could halt the deadly disease. Scientists at Imperial College London said that by genetically tweaking male mosquitoes to produce no sperm, females would still mate with them but would lay unfertilised eggs that would not hatch into mosquito larvae. Since the females of the species Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto, the main type responsible for spreading malaria in Africa, mate only once in their lives, the discovery could have broad implications for a disease that kills nearly 800,000 people per year. 'This study strongly suggests that they cannot tell the difference b...

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