Malaria (Plasmodium spp.) kills nearly one million people annually and this number will likely increase as drug and insecticide resistance reduces the effectiveness of current control strategies.
Entomologists have succeeded in genetically altering mosquitoes in a way that renders them completely immune to the malaria-causing parasite called Plasmodium.
“If you want to effectively stop the spreading of the malaria parasite, you need mosquitoes that are no less than 100 percent resistant to it. If a single parasite slips through and infects a human, the whole approach will be doomed to fail,” says Michael Riehle, the University of Arizona professor who led the research effort.