Female Anopheles stephensi is a transmitter of malaria. Image: Jim Gathany/CDC
Keeping malaria under control with a harmless neurotoxin - life short science news

Scientists have discovered a unique neurotoxin that kills Anopheles mosquitoes that carries malaria. The neurotoxin is harmless for humans, vertebrate animals and even other insects.

It is produced by a particular strain of bacteria that likely have coevolved with the Anopheles mosquitos.

The neurotoxin is apparently safe and could replace the chemical insecticides that are currently being used to control the mosquito populations.

Read the full story: University of California – Riverside
Scientific publication: Nature Communications