Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have successfully inserted a scorpion venom gene into mosquitoes, which causes their paralysis after they feed on blood. This particular venom component is specific for arthropods, such as insects and millipedes, and harmless to mammals. Although this concept is not intended for mosquito population control in the field, the mechanism provides scientists with a more flexible tool for modifying mosquitoes, which could be used to design better control methods.
News from September 2019
Scientists from The Pirbright Institute and The Roslin Institute have launched The Immunological Toolbox, a website that provides a platform for veterinary researchers to find resources and collaborate. The Toolbox aims to remove barriers to veterinary vaccine development by providing a central database of reagents and aiding information exchange.
The Pirbright Institute has entered into a worldwide exclusive partnership with ECO Animal Health Ltd (ECO), a wholly owned subsidiary of ECO Animal Health Group plc, on two new projects to combat significant diseases of poultry.