Make the Mosquito Sick...

What if a disease-carrying mosquito population were to become infected with a Wolbachia infection that weakens the mosquito population? How about a Wolbachia infection that sterilizes the population? Or perhaps an infection that specifically kills off those mosquitoes that are responsible for most of the disease transmission?  What if the Wolbachia infection didn’t sicken the mosquitoes at all, but instead it affected the ability of the mosquito to transmit disease?

The answer might be...

        less disease transmission.

Addressing these questions and developing potential strategies are a focus of our research program.

... before they do unto you
Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito