Lab v. Field: The Case for Studying Real-Life Bugs

Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 92-93
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.92

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Skeptics aren't convinced that the sequence of the Anopheles gambiae genome, published in this issue of Science, will actually help control malaria. For more than a decade now, vector ecologists have argued that the field of insect-borne diseases is betting too many of its scarce research dollars on high-tech work like DNA sequencing and too few on studies of insect behavior and ecology.