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Fighting Mosquitos and Dengue Fever with a RIDL

(runtime: 1:55 min)

Mosquitoes are much despised, especially in areas hard-hit with Dengue Fever. Researchers used the Tet-Off® system to develop the Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal, or RIDL (pronounced "riddle") approach. The joke is on the bugs: engineered mosquitoes have a Tet-regulated transcriptional activator needed for wing development. When released into the wild, species-specific inhibition of female wing formation occurs. Tests in the Grand Cayman Islands reduced mosquitoes by 80%. That's Good Science!

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