Engineering Mosquitoes to be Flying Vaccinators
Mosquitoes Engineered Into Flying Vaccinators by Emily Singer
“Following bites, protective immune responses are induced, just like a conventional vaccination but with no pain and no cost,” said lead researcher Shigeto Yoshida, from the Jichi Medical University in JapanYoshida, in a press release from the journal. “What’s more continuous exposure to bites will maintain high levels of protective immunity, through natural boosting, for a life time. So the insect shifts from being a pest to being beneficial.”
Researchers consider the project more of a proof of principle experiment than a viable public health option, at least for now.