Diseases have been spreading virally in our recent times due to many different reasons. This includes some human made; which is a reaction due to pollution. Other types of disease can be spread due to regular evolving process for viruses and microorganisms.
This wide spread of diseases and infections could be the leading cause for human extinction at some point in the future. However, this has also inspired group of scientist from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Chicago to develop a new way to help control diseases.
The finding including the use of a DNA found in parasites on mosquitos. They were able to manipulate Wolbachia, which is the parasitic bacteria found in mosquitoes which can reduce the reproduction of the harmful organism and in turn lower the rates of diseases spreading.
The study was led by scientists from INRA, France and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Julie Reveillaud and Dr. Sarah Bordenstein. They published their new findings in the Journal of Nature Communications which will control the diseases held by mosquitos.
“Our data show that this novel plasmid is widespread across natural Wolbachia populations that infect C. pipiens mosquitoes throughout the world, which implies it has an essential role. The idea that it may enable transformation of the Wolbachia populations is simply very exciting,” was the comment of says an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and an MBL Fellow, Dr. A. Murat Eren (Meren).