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Mosquitos Develop Insecticide Resistance – World Malaria Day, 25th April 2017

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Mosquitos Develop Insecticide Resistance – World Malaria Day, 25th April 2017
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Half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, according to the World Health Organization. And the problem could be getting worse. While indoor spraying and insecticide-treated bed-nets have prevented the spread of malaria in Africa, mosquitos have developed a resistance to these insecticides. There is a significant risk that, should this resistance spread to other parts of the world, humans will no longer be able to control malaria effectively. Researchers at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom have been busy developing a way to dampen the effects of this new resistance by studying the genetic sequences that cause the mosquitos to adapt. Charles Wondji, a researcher at the school’s Biology Department, stated he hoped the genetic information gathered to date would help design suitable DNA-based tools to detect the spread of resistance, and find ways to combat it.

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