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siRNA knockdown of mosquito sperm

Dylan Russell saw this story in the lay press:

http://io9.com/5828814/scientists-create-spermless-males-to-fight-the-spread-of-malaria

To produce the sterile male mosquitos, researchers targeted a sperm production gene using siRNA. The sterile males then mated with females and because females mate only once in their lifetime, shutdown the life cycle of the disease vector. Cool stuff and very promising research.

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