Humans could be protected from dengue fever by infecting the mosquitoes carrying it with a parasite which halves their lifespan. Australian scientists, writing in the journal Science, found that Wolbachia bacteria spread well through laboratory-bred mosquitoes. Only older mosquitoes pass on dengue – so killing them could cut disease. It remains to be seen how well the bacteria would spread outside the laboratory.
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