Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on an interesting way to fight diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Worldwide, more than 500-million people suffer from diseases, including malaria, Zika and West Nile, transmitted by the blood-feeding insects.
The UofA reports, researchers in Tucson have discovered a protein in mosquitoes that is critical for their reproductive process. The discovery could pave the way for mosquito birth control.
A report released this week showed the protein only exists in mosquitoes. It's believed any drugs developed to render the protein dysfunctional would only effect mosquitoes and no other organisms.