Wikipedia - Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are disease carriers of the Zika-virus.

The female mosquitoes are said to be the cause of the Zika-virus spreading around in the South America region. Now scientists claim they might have a solution to stop the horrible disease. A genetic sex change among the female mosquitoes according to The Guardian.

The Zika-virus or Zeka-fever, is a disease that is said to spread from mosquito bites in South America, and is said to be the cause that many babies are born with birth defects lately, with very small heads.

Now two US scientists have proposed a new answer to the Zika epidemic: a sex-change operation for the mosquito that spreads the virus and other diseases. This genetic modification would turn deadly, blood-drinking females into harmless, nectar-sipping males.

The solution could potentially be used to limit not just Zika but malaria, dengue, yellow fever and other mosquito-borne infections such as chikungunya.

However, the researchers accept there is a long way to go before the technique could be used in the field.

 


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