Florida Keys use nature to turn mosquitoes against each other

The Florida Keys are the setting for an experiment to pit mosquitoes against one another in the hopes that they kill each other and leave us humans with fewer instances of mosquito-borne disease. While the southern United States’ rainy season is approaching and the area is bracing for mosquito-season, and the subsequent increase in cases of […]

NTDs: Lymphatic filariasis – mosquitoes plus parasites equal elephantiasis

This post is the 11th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis, is another one […]

Genetically modified mosquitoes

In case you haven’t heard, mosquitoes can carry some pretty nasty diseases, like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, west nile, yellow fever, etc. And you’re probably aware that we don’t have the greatest ways of fighting these mosquitoes to prevent these diseases, as evidenced by the continued presence or increasing presence of these diseases. But new research is […]