Published On: Tue, Nov 14th, 2017

Scientists create yellow, three-eyed, wingless mosquitoes by using gene editing tool

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Researchers have developed transgenic mosquitoes that stably express the Cas9 enzyme in their germline. The addition of Cas9 will enable the use of the CRISPR gene editing tool to make efficient, targeted changes to the mosquitoes’ DNA. As proof of concept, the researchers used the system to disrupt cuticle, wing, and eye development, producing completely yellow, three-eyed and wingless mosquitoes. Their long-term goal is to develop new pest control strategies.
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Scientists create yellow, three-eyed, wingless mosquitoes by using gene editing tool