Malaria mosquito dosed with disease-fighting bacteria

After thousands of tries, lab gets parasite-carrying insect to catch Wolbachia

By Susan Milius, 14:01 PM May 9, 2013

In a long-sought step toward building a safer mosquito, researchers have infected the insects with persistent bacteria that sabotage their malaria-causing parasites.

Researchers would like to use Wolbachia bacteria to keep malaria parasites from thriving inside a mosquito. In theory, a mosquito with the right bacterial infection could bite people without delivering the parasites that cause malaria.

Wolbachia naturally infect insects from butterflies to cockroaches — but not some disease-spreadi...

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