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transgenic mosquito larvae

Genes that make mosquitoes glow under ultraviolet light help scientists measure the spread of transgenic mosquitoes after they’ve been released to suppress wild populations of vector mosquito species. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology identifies a new promoter gene for turning on fluorescent protein production in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Here, mosquito larvae, both possessing the fluorescent gene markers, are shown under UV light viewed through a green filter. The larva on the left, with the ZsGreen protein gene, appears green under the filter, while the larva on the right, with the DsRed protein gene, appears yellow. (Image originally published in Webster and Scott 2021, Journal of Medical Entomology)

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