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Two New Steps Toward a 'Better Mosquito'

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Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2370-2371
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5539.2370b

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BARCELONA, SPAIN-- Scientists have long fantasized about the ultimate method to eradicate malaria: replacing existing mosquito populations with ones unable to spread the disease. At a meeting here last week, researchers presented two studies that could help edge that dream closer to reality. Some researchers hailed the new studies as milestones, but skeptics warned that the strategy may never work in practice.