Mosquitoes are known for spreading infections like malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. Now, however, a team of researchers reports using a bacterial infection to help control mosquito populations. The scientists infected the mosquitoes associated with dengue fever with a bacterial parasite, Wolbachia. They report this week in the journal Science that the bacterial infection cut the lifespan of the mosquitoes in half -- a finding that may help control the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.
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