U.S. scientists create malaria-blocking mosquitoes to cut global disease

November 24, 2015 6:21 PM

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USA researchers said Monday they have created a strain of mosquitoes that carries a malaria-blocking gene in the laboratory, a major advance that may help ultimately eliminate the insects’ ability to transmit the disease to humans.

Scientists used a state-of-the-art “cut and paste” gene editing technique called Crispr to insert anti-malaria antibody genes into a highly specific spot in the mosquito’s DNA.

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