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Scientist lets thousands of mosquitoes bite him daily for research


Team Udayavani, Oct 1, 2020, 5:04 PM IST

An Australian scientist lets up to 5,000 mosquitoes bite his arm on a daily basis as part of his research to fight dengue fever.

Dr Perran Stott-Ross, of Melbourne University, lets bugs lap up his blood daily in his quest to rid the world of Dengue fever

The insects Perran Ross feeds are infected with Wolbachia, a bacterium known to block the spread of dengue.

His work involves infecting mosquito eggs with the bacterium and then breeding Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in the lab.

Research into how Wolbachia might help other dengue-stricken areas involves the rearing and feeding of hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes.

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