GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

Found on BBC News on Friday, 31 May 2019
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A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.

A 6,500-sq-ft fake village - complete with plants, huts, water sources and food for the mosquitoes - was set up in Burkina Faso. It was surrounded by a double layer of mosquito netting to prevent anything escaping.

"The transgenic fungus quickly collapsed the mosquito population in just two generations," said Dr Brian Lovett, from the University of Maryland.

It would be more efficient if the GMO would kill the malaria parasites, instead of the transmitter. Something similar should be released to fight ticks, since those are truly useless and just a pain.