02 January 2015
Vol 347, Issue 6217

About The Cover

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COVER Colored scanning electron micrograph of the mouthparts of a female Anopheles gambiae mosquito. Sheathed in a scaly lower lip ending in two hairy lobes (blue) are a pair of saw-toothed stylets (green) used to cut into the skin. Because only female Anopheles blood feed, only females transmit malaria—a disease that claims the lives of more than half a million children each year. See page 27,,
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