Researchers working on a new malaria vaccine have an unusual way of going about it. By sticking test subjects’ arms over a box full of mosquitoes, the researchers allow genetically modified mosquitoes to bite and deliver the vaccine.
A team at the University of Washington gave mosquitoes a genetically engineered malaria parasite and then used those mosquitoes to inject humans through bites, it reported in a paper published Aug. 24 in the medical journal Science Translational Medicine.
“We use the mosquitoes like they’re 1,000 small flying syringes,” UW physician Dr. Sean Murphy wrote in the paper, Fox News reported Wednesday. Source: Western Journal