Spermless males and malaria transmission

08 August 2011


Charles J. Godfray et al doi: 10.1073/pnas.1104738108 PNAS August 8, 2011

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Genetic control strategies aimed at impacting Anopheles fertility through the release of sterile males are being advocated to reduce the size of mosquito field populations. Such strategies depend on the ability of the released sterile males to mate successfully with wild females and to switch off the female receptivity to further copulation. Here we evaluate the role of sperm in regulating female behavioral responses after mating in An. gambiae.