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  4. Transgenic fungus rapidly killed malaria mosquitoes in West African study  Phys.org
  5. Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso  Science Magazine
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A genetically modified fungus wiped out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a month and a half, in trials in west Africa which have come closer than ever before to studying the potential impact of releasing an engineered organism in the wild. Researchers from Burkina Faso and the University of Maryland supercharged a naturally occurring parasite of the anopheles mosquitos, a majorA genetically modified fungus wiped out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a month and a half, in trials in west Africa which have come closer than ever before to studying the potential impact of

Malaria mosquitoes wiped out with GM fungus in first controlled ‘real world’ tests | The Independent

According to the World Health Organization, malaria affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, killing more than 400,000 annually. Decades of insecticide use has failed to control mosquitoes ...

Transgenic fungus rapidly killed malaria mosquitoes in West African study

Anopheline mosquitoes transmit the malaria parasite, but the insects themselves are prone to their own infections. Lovett et al. engineered a specific fungal pathogen of anophelines to carry insect-selective toxins. The effectiveness of this fungus for controlling mosquitoes was trialed in near-field conditions in Burkina Faso in a setup called MosquitoSphere. Approximately 75% of wild insecticide-resistant mosquitoes released into the environment became infected with the transgenic fungus, causing population collapse within 45 days. Science , this issue p. [894][1] Malaria control efforts require implementation of new technologies that manage insecticide resistance. Metarhizium pingshaense provides an effective, mosquito-specific delivery system for potent insect-selective toxins. A semifield trial in a MosquitoSphere (a contained, near-natural environment) in Soumousso, a region of Burkina Faso where malaria is endemic, confirmed that the expression of an insect-specific toxin (Hybrid) increased fungal lethality and the likelihood that insecticide-resistant mosquitoes would be eliminated from a site. Also, as Hybrid-expressing M. pingshaense is effective at very low spore doses, its efficacy lasted longer than that of the unmodified Metarhizium . Deployment of transgenic Metarhizium against mosquitoes could (subject to appropriate registration) be rapid, with products that could synergistically integrate with existing chemical control strategies to avert insecticide resistance. [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aaw8737

Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso | Science

In controlled field experiments in Burkina Faso, a genetically engineered fungus reduced numbers of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes that can carry malaria.In controlled field experiments in Burkina Faso, a genetically engineered fungus reduced numbers of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes that can carry malaria.

A fungus weaponized with a spider toxin can kill malaria mosquitoes | Science News

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The modified fungus produces spider toxin that rapidly kills mosquitoes, raising hopes for a new weapon to fight a disease that sickens millions. But not everyone is convinced.The modified fungus produces spider toxin that rapidly kills mosquitoes, raising hopes for a new weapon to fight a disease that sickens millions. But not everyone is convinced.

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