October 24th, 2005


Our latest weapon against malaria: a mosquito with glowing testicles

Mosquitos have testicles!?! Holy crap, who knew!

British scientists have made a breakthrough in the control of malaria: by creating mosquitoes with fluorescent testicles.

The team of researchers at Imperial College London has found a way to tell the sex of the mosquitoes - by genetically modifying them so that the males express a glowing protein in their testes. A laser beam then singles out the glowing larvae, which are then separated from the females.

The Independent