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researchers led by Virginia Tech identifies a single gene, known as Nix, capable of converting female A. aegypti mosquitoes into fertile male mosquitoes, as well as pinpointing the gene needed for male mosquitoes to fly. The team states the Nix gene has great potential for developing vector control techniques to reduce A. aegypti numbers through female-to-male gender conversion.

Researchers convert Zika and Dengue carrying female mosquitoes to nonbiting males.

Often described as a global health emergency, the Zika virus can cause catastrophic birth defects whilst presenting with no symptoms, and when atypical disease traits do manifest they usually resemble … Continue Reading Researchers convert Zika and Dengue carrying female mosquitoes to nonbiting males.

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