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Eradication of Culex pipiens fatigans through Cytoplasmic Incompatibility


Culex pipiens fatigans is the chief vector of filariasis in south-east Asia. Urbanization has often caused the numbers of this mosquito—and with it the danger of filariasis infection—to increase alarmingly1. The natural vigour, tolerance and fast development of resistance to insecticides of this mosquito necessitate the development of other control methods, and cytoplasmic incompatibility2 seems to be an ideal means.

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LAVEN, H. Eradication of Culex pipiens fatigans through Cytoplasmic Incompatibility. Nature 216, 383–384 (1967).

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