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Scientists Develop New Bait to Kill Mosquitoes, Fight Malaria

Malaria Mosquito Anopheles gambiae, the malaria mosquito, can be killed quickly and safely by the use of a new bait developed by researchers in Sweden. Credit: James Gathany/The Public Health Image Library/Public Domain

A new type of bait using beet juice instead of blood lures the mosquitoes that carry malaria, killing them off quickly, scientists announced recently.

Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases kills more than 700,000 people all over the globe every year — so this new technique, which is easily scaled up, the scientists say, may mean a turning point in the fight against this scourge, which affects mainly the tropical regions of the Earth.

Using a molecule from a malaria parasite, the researchers, based at Sweden’s Stockhom University, added beet juice, which looks much like blood, to lure the mosquitoes.

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