HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
UF Researcher Designs Pill To Control Mosquitoes

VERO BEACH---Dov Borovsky wants to put mosquitoes on a diet.

Under the Borovsky three-day diet plan, legions of anorexic little buzzers would just starve to death. And that's exactly the idea.

The University of Florida scientist says a mosquito "diet pill" he has perfected alters mosquito digestion, making it impossible for them to feed, lay eggs or survive.

As a mosquito control breakthrough, the diet pill could save lives.

"We hope this can stop the advance of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases," said Borovsky, an insect biochemical and molecular biologist at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, a part of UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "It works on all mosquitoes, all over the world."

In the mosquito control war, mosquitoes are winning. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes. Worldwide, mosquito-borne diseases infect about 700 million people each year and kill 3 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But the diet pill, which could be on the market within a year, is a promising new weapon, not only because it is wickedly efficient but because it also is safe for the environment.

And this diet plan is no secret. Borovsky is quite willing to share his recipe for mosquito death.

First, take 100,000 mosquito ovaries, dried and crushed into a powder that contains their digestive control hormone. From the nearest pool or pond, scrape off the green scum, also known as chlorella, an algae. Insert the hormone into the chlorella, make it into a pill, then place the pill into any water body where mosquitoes are known to breed. Then watch the larvae feast on the chlorella. Famine follows.

Borovsky said when he first pulled out mosquito ovaries, homogenized them and inserted them back into mosquitoes, he found that the mosquitoes produced no more eggs.

"So at first we thought we had a birth control pill," Borovsky said. "But then we found that the reason they were not producing eggs was b
'"/>

Contact: Cindy Spence
crsp@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
352-392-1773
University of Florida
2-Dec-1997


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Researchers determine genetic cause of Timothy syndrome
2. Researchers find color sensitive atomic switch in bacteria
3. Researchers identify protein promoting vascular tumor growth
4. Researchers devise potent new tools to curb ivory poaching
5. Researchers create nanotubes that change colors, form nanocarpet and kill bacteria
6. Researchers ID chlorophyll-regulating gene
7. Researchers develop fast track way to discover how cells are regulated
8. Researchers identify distinctive signature for metastatic prostate cancer
9. Researchers report new gene test for isolated cleft lip and palate
10. Researchers discover why mutant gene causes colon cancer
11. Researchers identify the genomes controlling elements

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/18/2018)... ... 18, 2018 , ... CP Merritt is a national champion Arabian horse that ... however in 2006, he had a medical setback that caused him to limp at ... from cartilage degeneration in his right rear fetlock. Such an injury could be ...
(Date:12/13/2018)... ... December 12, 2018 , ... Illumina, Kaiser Permanente, ResMed and ... The San Diego-based team-building and cooking events company has hosted an impressive guest ... cooking challenges. , Each group who visits receives a completely customized experience, ...
(Date:12/6/2018)... ... December 06, 2018 , ... Stewart has been ... contract services, throughout his career. During his recent five-year tenure with InSphero he ... established the commercial laboratory operations in Brunswick, Maine. Through these experiences, Stewart has ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/8/2019)... ... ... The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy’s (ASGCT) first class ... of industry leaders identified by the ASGCT board of directors. In total, the Society ... ASGCT members designing transformative pilot studies in gene and cell therapy as they prepare ...
(Date:1/4/2019)... ... January 02, 2019 , ... ... detect precancer and cancer cells in blood, has been named as a partner ... global biotech company developing cell therapies for cancer treatment, will use CellMax Life’s ...
(Date:12/19/2018)... ... 2018 , ... RURO, Inc., a leading provider of information ... The new release enhances the latest version of Limfinity®, RURO’s software framework, and ... , Validation protocols, and their execution, are critical for software systems scrutinized by ...
(Date:12/14/2018)... ... 2018 , ... NOVA OCULUS PARTNERS, LLC, and its Canadian ... immediately begin a clinical patient trial in Edmonton using their pioneering technology for ... has granted what is called an Investigational Testing Authorization for the trial, while ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: