- Researchers at the University of Missouri say they’ve discovered an effective way to edit mosquito genomes. “By successfully editing specific genes in the Aedes aegytpi, the mosquito species which transmits the dengue virus, we have established techniques which can be used in future research to target the virus-carrying capabilities of this mosquito,” said the author of the study.
- The team used CRISPR/Cas9 to change the color of mosquito’s eyes from blue to red. The trait ended up being inheritable, so future generations of mosquitos had the edited gene as well.
- This concept that we could wipe out several really deadly diseases by modifying mosquitos has been gaining steam recently. Last month, Google founder Larry Page publicly discussed using CRISPR to modify mosquitos to wipe out other mosquitos that carry disease.
How Editing Mosquito Genes With CRISPR Could End Dengue Fever
9. 3. 15 by Kif Leswing