mosquito control through modified fungus
by rhiguita on May 9, 2017 - 8:37am
Cloning, genetic engineering and characterization of TMOF expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to control larval mosquitoes
The article is on the results and method on what effect genetically modified yeast can have on mosquito larvae development. The research project was conducted by Dov Borovsky, Sabine Nauewelaers, Charles A. Powell, and Robert G. Shatters Jr at the University of Florida and USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory. The main result in the experiment was that the modified organism, when released in water containing mosquito larvae retarded their growth and made them deformed and stunted, as well as making it likely the larvae would die. The main site of recombination and modification was ura3-52, and it was modified with pTDB2 , and each cell incorporated the gene in the modified organism. They found heat treatment had no effect on growth, and the organisms were incubated for 48 hours.
I found this article interesting both due to my interest in genetics and my interest in entomology. I am in massive support of this plan and research on the modification as mosquitoes are a terrible pest that spreads many diseases, and the control mechanisms will assist in limiting the spread of the diseases they carry. The article was highly scientific and had large amounts of charts and graphs to show the basics of what they studied.