Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are at the center of Zika virus' spread.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?
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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes is seen next to larvae in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala City.
Aedes aegypti is adapted to live in close proximity with humans, and this close association likely contributes to the severity of the Zika outbreak.
NASA’s Aqua satellite, carrying sensors used by researchers to measure mosquito-favoring environmental conditions on Earth.
Satellite imaging can locate mosquito-friendly environments, allowing us to predict the advance of diseases they carry.
Even if Zika sometimes causes pregnant mothers to have babies with microcephaly, this does not necessarily mean every infected mother would have an affected baby.
Despite all the hype around Zika, crucial questions remain unanswered. How great is the risk that infection during pregnancy would result in a baby with microcephaly? And what can be done to prevent this?
Municipal workers wait before spraying insecticide to prevent the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquito at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
Zika was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn't associated with outbreaks until 2007. So how did this formerly obscure virus wind up causing so much trouble in Brazil?
There is little doubt the virus can make it to Australia.
They’re small, spindly insects but their threat never dwindles – the bites of mosquitoes threaten death and disease in many parts of the world.
Why do mosquitoes not suffer from the infections they pass on?
There's something about mosquitoes that means they don't get sick from the infections they carry. So can we turn that function off, genetically?
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A good summer picnic, bushwalk or barbecue with friends and family can all be ruined by those annoying flies that never leave you alone. So what are they after?
New genetic technology could change the DNA of entire species to prevent them from spreading diseases.
The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti isn’t put off by this ‘mosquito repellent’ wrist band.
While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.
Disase carrying insects are attracted to light bulbs – a constraint of domestic solar energy.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
Insects are key to holding the food chain together. Without them, much of what we eat today won’t exist.
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.
Which way to the bar?
The UK's recent heatwave is perfect for mosquito breeding but something far more dangerous may be coming.
A changing climate may contribute to more mosquito-borne disease, but it doesn’t guarantee it.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.
Exotic mosquitoes like this ‘Asian tiger’ are heading to the UK.
The folk song goes: all God's creatures got a place. But not the mosquito.
Ross River is most common in adults aged 25 to 45 years.
About one in five people infected with Ross River virus develop symptoms, which start two to 19 days after being bitten.
For exposed skin, there really isn’t an alternative to topical insect repellents.
Mosquitoes need blood to survive. And what better place to get a good meal than a slow, tasty human. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. Every year around 5,000 Australians get sick following a mosquito bite…
Someone didn’t put on the DEET. This is the Yellow Fever mosquito
Stephen Doggett/Pathology West - ICPMR Westmead
The smell of mozzie repellent is as much a part of summer as barbecues and the cricket. Despite supermarket and pharmacy shelves overflowing with insect repellents, there are actually only a few active…
The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets.
An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
The saltmarsh mosquito, Aedes vigilax, transmits Ross River virus in many coastal regions of Australia.
Mr Stephen Doggett (Medical Entomology, Pathology West - ICPMR Westmead)
Ross River virus infection is the most commonly reported mosquito-borne disease in Australia, with more than 4,000 cases of illness are reported every year. Activity has been recorded from every state…