Scientists engineer mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria

Professor George Christophides holds a cage of mosquitoes. Credit: Imperial College London Scientists have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth of malaria-causing parasites in their gut, preventing transmission of the disease to humans. The genetic modification mosquitoes to produce compounds in their guts that stunt the growth of parasites, meaning they are unlikely to reach … Read more

Malaria parasites form vortices

The figure combines the confocal microscopy image of sporozoite vortices with the snapshot of an agent-based computer simulation of these vortices. Credit: Source: Frischknecht group and Schwarz group (Paper in Nature Physics) The disease of malaria is triggered by single-celled parasites that accumulate in large groups in the salivary glands of mosquitoes before transmission to … Read more