Africa: GM bacteria ‘could eliminate’ sleeping sickness

Releasing tsetse flies that carry genetically modified bacteria resistant to the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could eliminate the disease in Africa under certain conditions, a modelling study has shown.

African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness – caused when the parasite is transmitted between livestock and humans via tsetse fly bites – infects 30,000 people, and causes losses of US$1 billion from livestock production a year in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases last month (15 August).

Read the full, original story here: “Africa: GM Bacteria ‘Could Eliminate’ Sleeping Sickness”

 

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