Natural and engineered mosquito immunity
Oxitec Ltd, Milton Park, Oxford, OX14 4RS, UK
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 2PS, UK
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:40 doi:10.1186/jbiol143Published: 1 May 2009
A recent paper in BMC Microbiology shows how suppression of mosquito innate immunity against a virus that the mosquito can normally tolerate increases mosquito mortality. This is just one of several approaches that may soon bring genetics-based mosquito control methods from the laboratory into the field.