by Times News Service New species of genetically engineered mosquitoes
could hold the key to eradicating malaria, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said.
He said it's necessary to control mosquitos
by using WHO-recommended control tools such as treated nets and indoor residual spraying.
The new mosquito
trap combines photoelectric sensors and artificial intelligence technology to identify the unique flying patterns of different mosquitos
by using what the institutes dub a kind of 'facial-recognition' technology.
The paint has been shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes
in painted areas, contributing to effective mosquito
population control and reducing the spread of many mosquito-borne diseases.
The team found that FREP1 inactivation via CRISPR/Cas9 significantly suppressed infection of the mosquitos
with both human and rodent Plasmodium parasites.
The method of having drones carry the sterile mosquitos
has some tricky aspects.
may be tiny, but they have a powerful bite.
Repellent aside, scientist believe that genetics play a major role in determining how tasty we are to mosquitos
. While they know that other chemicals like steroids or cholesterol on the skin surface as well as higher levels of uric acid attract mosquitos
(among a possible 400 other compounds), scientists are now discovering our genetics could account for 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito
bites, making one in 10 people more attractive to mosquitos
Similarly, Habibullah, a shopkeeper at Pul Bararan informed that he had sold a large number of packets of mosquitos
breed in stagnant water, so drain standing waters (tires, barrels, gutters) and apply mosquito
dunks (which contain Bt, a parasitic bacterium) to remaining water.
The hope is that this method will keep the mosquito
population down and lower the rate of transmission for not only Zika, but other dangerous diseases mosquitos