Scientists map the genome of a dangerous malaria vector mosq
An international collaborative of researchers has completed work on the physical mapping of the genome of one of the malaria vectors in Central and South America—the malaria mosquito Anopheles albimanus. The map opens a new page in the study of one of the most dangerous carriers of the causative agents of malaria, from which more than 400,000 people in the world die each year, and extends the possibilities in the fight against the deadly infection.

"The most effective prevention of spreading malaria is eradication of the carriers of the disease—malaria mosquitos," says Gleb Artemov, a senior researcher at the Ecogene laboratory. "To do this, we use different means, from draining wetlands to creating of transgenic mosquitoes. Developing new approaches necessitates studying the genetics, physiology, and ecology of the Anopheles genus, which is not possible without information about its complete DNA sequence."