Genetically modified mosquitoes resist all dengue viruses, researchers find

CNET | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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A team working with Professor Omar Akbari of UC-San Diego has engineered mosquitoes that repel the four known types of dengue virus.

Getting a mosquito bite can be more than just annoying. If the pest is carrying a virus like dengue, the bite can make you sick with fever, rash and extreme pain -- or it can even kill you. But a team of researchers may have a solution. Scientists from the Australia national science agency CSIRO and the University of California at San Diego have engineered what they say is the first genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to spreading all four types of the dengue virus.

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads dengue virus.

"Recent advances in genetic engineering technologies have made it possible to create mosquitoes with reduced vector competence, limiting their ability to acquire and transmit pathogens," scientists said in a research paper published Thursday in the medical journal PLOS Pathogens.

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Scientists modified female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with the antibody against the virus. The mosquitoes appear to be unable to spread any form of the debilitating disease.

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