Female mosquitoes just don't get to have any fun. They mate only once, lay eggs, and eventually die.
In an effort to combat malaria, researchers at Imperial College London hope to take advantage of the female mosquito's plight--and reduce the mosquito population--by engineering spermless males. They say the key is that the females don't seem able to tell the difference; they still mate with the sterile males and proceed to lay eggs that never hatch.
This is an improvement over previous attempts to engineer sterile males, the team said, because that process often exposed the males to … Read more