Monday, February 13, 2017

BacterioFiles 286 - Prokaryote Prevents Pregnancy Pathogen

This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!

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Show notes:
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Journal Paper:
Aliota MT, Peinado SA, Velez ID, Osorio JE. 2016. The wMel strain of Wolbachia Reduces Transmission of Zika virus by Aedes aegypti. Sci Rep 6:28792.

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    1. This is some exciting news. I hope this research gains some good momentum and support. Zika has been spreading quickly, finding a good way to combat the transmission of the virus sounds like a good step.

      1. Indeed! I know there was some testing in Florida of Oxitec's genetically-modified-to-be-sterile mosquitoes recently, but this approach seems potentially more promising.