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transgenic mosquito larvae

Why Genes That Make Mosquitoes Glow Can Help Reduce Vector-Borne Disease

Genes that make mosquitoes glow under UV 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 identifies a new promoter gene for turning on fluorescent protein production in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis)

Interagency Cooperation Drives Discovery of Lyme Disease Spirochete in Exotic Tick

Analysis of Asian longhorned ticks collected in Pennsylvania found just one—out of more than 250 tested—carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The invasive tick is unlikely to play a role in Lyme transmission, but the research underscores the importance of active tick and pathogen surveillance and collaboration among agencies at local, state, and national levels.

Aedes aegypti mosquito, female

A New Look at the Dynamics of Human–Mosquito Contact

It's not enough to know mosquito abundance in a given area. Rather, the rate at which mosquitoes and humans actually come into contact is critical, a group of researchers say, to better understanding and modeling mosquito-borne disease transmission.

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