26 Aug '11, 2am

Researchers have found a bacteria that can make mosquitoes dengue-free, controlling the disease that kills 20,000 yearly

HONG KONG - Injecting a type of bacteria into mosquitoes can block them from transmitting the dengue virus and help control the spread of a disease that kills 20,000 people annually in more than 100 countries, scientists said. In two papers published in the journal Nature yesterday, researchers in Australia showed how female mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria passed the bug easily to their offspring, making them all dengue-free. They said such infected mosquitoes should be released into the wild, so that the spread of dengue to people may be reduced. In their experiment, Professor Scott O'Neill of Monash University and his colleagues injected the bacteria into more than 2,500 embryos of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread dengue fever. After they hatched, they were treated to blood meals laced with the dengue virus, and none picked up the virus. Prof O'Ne...

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