U.S. Eyes Innovative Approaches to Tamp Down Zika

March 2, 2016

(Scientific American) – In the absence of a vaccine against Zika, U.S. and World Health Organization officials are eyeing innovative solutions to help tamp down the outbreak, including using genetically modified (GM) A. aegypti mosquitoes that could outcompete the local population and tapping Wolbachia, a bacterium originally auditioned to combat dengue that could potentially keep infected mosquitoes from transmitting the virus.

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