A new era in the fight against malaria

A new era in the fight against malariaA new era in the fight against malaria Malaria is an acute infectious disease transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. It is called malarial Plasmodium, is one of the periods of development which takes place in the digestive system of the insect. American genetics bred species of the Anopheles mosquito, which is safe for humans. They included the hereditary information of an insect gene SM1, blocking the development of malaria parasite in the body of the insect, which prevents it from getting into the human body. Offspring Lкомара-mutant¦ becomes non-hazardous for people. "It's done a new way - the more opportunities malaria, the better," said Professor Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena (Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena), who led the work, which was carried out on the basis of the University Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio. "Our goal is to eradicate malaria by introducing SM1 gene in populations of Anopheles mosquitoes. Before starting this work, we must ensure that such interference will not entail any consequences," said Jacobs-Lorena. According to researchers, if all tests are successful, this method will help to eradicate malaria within five to ten years. "I firmly believe that the final elimination of malaria will be possible, if we simultaneously use transgenic method with antimalarial drugs, insecticides and vaccines", says Jacobs-Lorena. "This technology opens a new era in the fight against malaria", - commented on the work of genetics Gareth Lycett (Gareth Lycett) and Fotis Kafatos (Fotis Kafatos) from the European molecular biology laboratory, located in Germany. Source:Мednovosti and Madlena.Ru.

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