Tricking Mosquitoes Into Thinking They’re Already Full.
Mosquito researchers have hit on a novel approach to fighting the infection-spreading insects. They’re trying a drug used to suppress appetite among humans on the nasty little monsters.
“We know these pathways are important in hunger in humans. Because they are evolutionarily conserved, we made the decision to use human diet drugs to see if they would suppress the appetite of the mosquitoes,” Vosshall said. “Finding that the pathways work the same way in the mosquitoes gave us the confidence to move ahead with this research.”
The new approach leaves mosquitoes for the animals that feed on them, and it avoids the problem of the insects becoming resistant. More