Monday, December 28, 2015

US scientists breed GM mosquitoes using a gene editing method called Crispr to resist malaria infection

US scientists found a new way to resist malaria said that they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that can resist malaria infection.
  • The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr
Crispr :
  • When the GM mosquitoes mated their offspring inherited the same resistance.In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasitethat causes malaria.
  • They took a type of mosquito found in India  Anopheles stephension which to experiment.
  • The University of Californiateam published the report in PNAS journal reports.
Key facts :
  • About 3.2bn people almost half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria.

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