This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout
This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout
China science

How to wipe out mosquitoes and eradicate malaria? A mutant fungus may hold the answer

Scientists genetically modify fungus using poison from spiders and scorpions to reduce population of the disease-carrying insects

Topic |   China science
This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout
This composite image shows a dead female Anopheles gambiae Metarhizium pingshaense, which has been engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus is also engineered to express a green fluorescent protein for easy identification of the toxin-producing fungal structures. Photo: Handout
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