Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wolbachia: Zika slayer?

Fighting Zika with Germ Warfare

Can pathogens be turned against each other in the war on Zika?

"But now, in the fight against Zika, the battle lines are being redrawn—with bacteria going on the attack against the mosquito-carried virus. Scientists are studying how to use a group of bacteria called Wolbachia, which normally prey on insects (and are considered harmless to humans) to infect mosquitoes that carry Zika—homing in on the bugs’ reproductive systems and making them infertile."

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