Reuters News Service reports that British scientists have genetically engineered mosquitoes programed to kill others in their own species.
A recent field study in the Cayman Islands resulted in 80 percent of the mosquito population being wiped out by the mutant bug, giving rise to hopes that diseases like dengue fever and malaria could be eradicated.
Head Researcher, Luke Alphey, continues:
“When we release the males into the environment and they mate with wild females, all the offspring inherit a copy of a gene that kills them. So they die.”
Though the genetic modification deals specifically with mating practices and sterility, we’ve already discussed the possibility that the undead sickness could be spread by mosquitoes.
Are we the only ones that think this could as easily be the plot of an upcoming zombie movie, as the subject of serious scientific research?