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Selfish Genes Could Help Disease-Free Mosquitoes Spread

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Science  30 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5820, pp. 1777-1778
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5820.1777a

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In a paper published online by Science this week (, molecular biologists introduced a set of "selfish" genes in Drosophila fruit flies. They say the same technique could be used to enable malaria-resistant mosquitoes to "replace," or outcompete, the natural population. (Read more.)