According to a World Health Organization report, malaria affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, and 400,000 people die from this disease every year.
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For decades, insecticides have been used against malaria mosquitoes, but only with their help it is not possible to control the population of dangerous insects. In addition, many mosquitoes develop resistance to chemicals.
The fungus destroyed 99% of all mosquitoes
In recent years, scientists have begun to genetically modify not only mosquitoes, but also other organisms that may contribute to their extermination. And now, for the first time, a similar technique has given impressive results, writes the BBC.
A group of scientists from the University of Maryland, which works in Burkina Faso, said that the transgenic fungus they created helped exterminate 99% of the mosquito population in several villages in this West African country.
This fungus is found in nature, but scientists have modified it so that it infects toxin insects that transmit a dangerous disease. Field studies have shown that these mosquitoes have completely disappeared, and this happened in a very short time. It is about the unprecedented success of the new approach in the fight against one of the most serious diseases of mankind.
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