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Scientists find gene that turns female mosquitoes into male

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Mosquitoes only suck blood when they need to lay eggs and only female mosquitoes lay eggs. Turning females into males could help curb disease transmission.

Aside from being annoying, mosquitoes are also dangerous. The pesky insects can transmit a number of diseases, some of them fatal. But scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with an innovative idea to keep them at bay: turn female mosquitoes into males. 

The new research was published last week. Zach Adelman is one of the study's author and he joined us for more. 

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