Small Pest, Big Battle: MCDB researchers collaborate to use gene editing to control disease-causing mosquitoes, thanks to a multimillion-dollar contract from DARPA

Jul 19, 2017

The Aedes aegypti mosquito may be tiny but it can wreak major havoc on human health, spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue fever and yellow fever. Those little suckers are about to face the fight of their life. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded up to $14.9 million to a team of researchers from six University of California campuses, including MCDB professor Craig Montell, to study how to use gene editing as a way to control disease-spreading mosquitoes. 

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