Asian tiger mosquito

Asian tiger mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito has been genetically altered in lab experiments with CRISPR technology in an attempt to limit the spread of disease.

CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a family of DNA sequences found within the genomes of prokaryotic organisms such as bacteria and archaea.[2] These sequences are derived from DNA fragments of bacteriophages that have previously infected the prokaryote and are used to detect and destroy DNA from similar phages during subsequent infections. Hence these sequences play a key role in the antiviral (i.e. anti-phage) defense system of prokaryotes.

M. Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, a former road racing cyclist, and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about the planet Earth and science on this website, ourplnt.com. You can check out my social media profiles by clicking on their icons.

Latest posts by M. Özgür Nevres (see all)

Full size1200 × 720

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.