This week in health: Coffee-drinkers may live longer, brain researchers unlock the scientific secret to happiness, utant mosquitoes will help eradicate malaria, AIDS could be conquered within 15 years.
The New Mutant Mosquito That Could Eradicate Malaria Forever
Malaria is such a persistent blight to mankind that Nobel-prize winning scientist Baruch S. Blumberg went as far as to suggest that it may be responsible for half of all the human deaths that have ever happened. With no reliable cure or vaccination, a radical new direction was needed, and that’s exactly what’s being suggested by researchers from the University of California.
Rather than working on a cure for humans, they have instead suggested fixing the problem at the source: The mosquitos that carry the disease. By genetically manipulating the bugs, they have created a mutant strain whose genes are not only resistant to malaria, but also able to ensure any descendants would inherit the same trait. Thanks to the critters’ short life cycle, it’s thought that this could wipe out the disease in a matter of months.