In pursuit of a killer
If public health experts are to have a chance at controlling these diseases, they need to understand exactly how the maladies' main ally — the mosquito — operates.
In this article, Gretchen Vogel reports how, in Burkino Faso, several teams of entomologists are in active pursuit of the world's deadliest animal. Despite having research budgets that are a tiny fraction of those spent to sequence the mosquito genome, they are beginning to characterize a dizzying array of genetic subtypes, learning what makes them dangerous — and vulnerable.
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Reference: Science 298, 87 (2002)