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What's In A Species? Maybe A Cure For Malaria

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Scientists who classify animals often debate whether certain differences between two populations' behavior, anatomy or biochemistry are great enough to distinguish those populations as different species. While those discussions often dance around the edges of abstract theory, a new study of African mosquitoes removes an important obstacle to a distinctly practical, if far-off, proposition: that scientists could eradicate malaria by making mosquitoes genetically incapable of transmitting this deadly disease.

GALVESTON, Texas-Scientists who classify animals often debate whether certain differences between two populations' behavior, anatomy or biochemistry are great enough to distinguish those populations as different species. While those discussions often dance around the edges of abstract theory, a new study of African mosquitoes removes an important obstacle to a distinctly practical, if far-off, proposition: that scientists could eradicate malaria by making mosquitoes genetically incapable of transmitting this deadly disease.


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