US scientists say they have bred a genetically modified mosquito that can resist malaria infection,
The scientists put a new”resistance gene into the mosquito’s own DNA,using a gene editing method called Cripr.
And when the mosquito mated their offspring inherited the same resistance, the PNAS journal reports.
If these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria.
About 3.2billion people almost half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria.
Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.
Scientists have been searching for new ways to fight malaria.
The University of California team believe their GM mosquito could play a pivotal role,breeding resistant offspring to replace endemic malaria carrying mosquitoes.Thiis method may not be a sole solution to the malaria problem but it would be a useful additional weapon.

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