Courthouse News Service. Modified Mosquitoes OK'd by FDA for Zika Fight. pdf
Professor Akbari on the efficiency of releasing massive amounts of genetically modified mosquitoes:
"The only limitation of that approach is that it requires what I call an inundation, continuous release, every generation, of a large number of these males, up to 20 times the population size. As you can imagine, that's a significant undertaking and requires a huge effort."
CNN. Stopping Zika: Here come the mutant mosquitoes. pdf
Professor Akbari on gene drive:
"[Gene drive's] forcing those [helpful] genes into the population. Instead of a gene being transferred to 50% of the offspring, now it can transfer to 99%, maybe even 100% of their progeny."
“Zika virus is extremely worrisome because of the widespread distribution of the mosquito species that is responsible for transmitting the virus,” Akbari said. “To prevent further cases, wide-scale vector control measures should be undertaken, in addition to developing new control measures.”
UCR Today. Zika Virus Experts Available for Interviews. pdf
"Omar S. Akbari, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, recently had a paper published in the journal Genes, Genomics, Genetics. The paper involves the broad scale characterization of gene expression in germline and somatic tissues of the Jewel Wasp (Nasonia Vitripennis)."
UCR Today. Entomologist’s Jewel Wasp Gene Research Published. pdf
"Using the advanced gene editing method CRISPR, the scientists introduced engineered DNA into mosquitoes of the species Anopheles stephensi, one of the chief carriers of malaria in Asia. The DNA codes for engineered antibodies that attack the malaria parasite."
San Diego Tribune. Modified mosquitoes block malaria. pdf
Long-Term Contraception in a Single Shot.
"Caltech biologists have developed a nonsurgical method to deliver long-term contraception to both male and female animals with a single shot. The technique—so far used only in mice—holds promise as an alternative to spaying and neutering feral animals."
Link to paper: pdf
ACS SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY. INTRODUCING OUR AUTHORS. PDF