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Tackling Zika: using bacteria as a Trojan horse

Bacteria in the gut of disease-bearing insects - including the mosquito which carries the Zika virus - can be used as a Trojan horse to help control the insects' population, new research at Swansea University has shown.

02/25/2016

Photo: solitary egg surrounded by the symbiont-rich excreta of the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus

A solitary egg surrounded by the symbiont-rich excreta of the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus. This was one of the two species used by Swansea University researchers in their paper: "Symbiont-mediated RNA interference in insects."; © Dr. Miranda Whitten, Swansea University