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Evolution in vector control

Each week some 20,000 people die from malaria. There will be no magic ways of reducing this dreadful toll, not least because the mosquito vector and the parasite itself have formidable abilities to resist control measures. Angles of attack that rest on evolutionary principles are being explored.

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Figure 1: Basic features of the Plasmodium life cycle.
Figure 2: The mutation-accumulation evolutionary theory of senescence and its application in malaria control.

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Michalakis, Y., Renaud, F. Evolution in vector control. Nature 462, 298–300 (2009).

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