03/28/2008 02:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Genetically Engineered Mosquitos With Glowing Gonads Could Be New Malaria-Fighting Weapon...

A genetically engineered mosquito with glowing gonads could become a new weapon in the battle against malaria.

Researchers at Imperial College London created the mosquito by attaching a gene for fluorescence found in jellyfish to a gene expressed only in a male mosquito’s sexual organs. The technique makes it relatively simple to distinguish males from females, something that has previously hindered malaria-eradication strategies.

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