Do We Dare Breed A Skeeter?

Malaria experts are buzzing with the news that scientists have cracked the genetic codes of both the malaria parasite and the principal mosquito that carries it to humans. Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases--striking some 500 million people a year and killing as many as 3 million of them. So the genetic secrets hidden in those codes could help drug companies design more effective treatments, better repellents and maybe even a vaccine. The information could also be used, some scientists suggest, to breed genetically modified mosquitoes that are resistant to the malaria parasite. Release these mutant bugs in the...

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