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Harvard Unravels Mosquito Mating Secrets for Malaria Prevention

A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (Italy) researchers reveals intriguing new findings about mosquito mating behavior that one day could lead to new ways to control the spread of malaria by mosquitoes.

“The new study identifies the mechanism by which male mosquitoes manipulate female’s behavior to make them unreceptive to other males,” said senior author Dr. Flaminia Catteruccia, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at HSPH and associate professor, University of Perugia. “This study was done in Anopheles gambiae, the most important malaria vector, and offers new concrete possibilities to develop sterilizing compounds that can mimic this mechanism and render females sterile, contributing to stopping this devastating infectious disease.” Read more