Monday, March 19, 2007

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

Scientists have been working on a strain of genetically-modified mosquitoes in the US. After nine generations, up to 70% of the mosquitoes have survived feeding on Malaria-infected mice. Scientists hope to release these new mosquitoes into the wild so they will take over the population. The mosquitoes laid more eggs and had a higher survival rate.

Africa has up to 90% of all Malaria-related deaths. A child dies of Malaria in Africa every 30 seconds. I had no idea! Poor Africa has the most disease-related deaths of any country, do they not? AIDS, Malaria - a lot of diseases that are largely preventable and hardly even present in most of the rest of the world. I understand that it is a poor country, but some may not realize that Africa has a history of denying help from other countries and resisting change.

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