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Manipulating mosquitoes ” Swiss scientist’s work could stop malaria – but how soon?

The Muslim Times

By Markus Spoerndli

Jun 6, 2020

Jeremy Herren and his team in Kenya have discovered a microbe that eliminates the malaria pathogen in mosquitoes.
(Evan Teal)

When Jeremy Herren left Switzerland to start a bold new research project in Kenya, not many people thought he would succeed. Now, after six years of research, he and his team have announced a breakthrough in the fight against malaria. But it could take years to find out whether the new approach is feasible in practice.

The young Swiss researcher and his team at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) discovered a microbe that naturally occurs in about 5% of a mosquito species common in East Africa. This single-cell fungus, called Microsporidia MB, keeps the mosquitoes from carrying malaria parasites.

“What we have found is very promising,” says the 35-year-old Herren via video call from his home in Nairobi. “Once we…

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