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.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
Women read Zika virus flyers at the departures area of Santiago’s international airport, January 28, 2016.
Models based on where the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found and human travel patterns to and from infected areas are key to predicting where the virus will spread.
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?
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?
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.
Detecting viruses in wild-caught mosquitoes provides intimate detail of disease transmission cycles.
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We monitor mosquitoes to help predict and control virus outbreaks. And a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made the process both more sensitive and inexpensive.
Will climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread?
Could climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread? While this an extremely important health question, the answer is far from simple.
Which way to the bar?
The UK's recent heatwave is perfect for mosquito breeding but something far more dangerous may be coming.
One child dies every minute from Malaria in Africa.
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A new drug that stops the malaria parasite in its tracks, and could be delivered in a single dose, has researchers excited about treatment prospects for the disease.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue fever when enjoying blood meals.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.
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…
There are up to 400 chemical compounds on human skin that could play a role in attracting mosquitoes.
There’s always one in a crowd, a sort of harbinger of the oncoming mosquito onslaught: a person mosquitoes seem to target more than others. What is it about these unlucky chosen few that makes them mosquito…