Genetic Control of Malaria and Dengue

Genetic Control of Malaria and Dengue

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Genetic Control of Malaria and Dengue focuses on the knowledge, technology, regulation and ethics of using genetically modified mosquitoes to interrupt the transmission of important vector-borne diseases including Malaria. It contains coverage of the current state of knowledge of vector-borne diseases and how they are currently controlled; vaccine, drug and insecticide development; various strategies for altering the genome of mosquitoes in beneficial ways; and the regulatory, ethical and social environment concerning these strategies.

For more than five decades, the prospect of using genetically-modified mosquitoes to control vector-borne disease transmission has been a purely hypothetical scenario. We simply did not have the technology or basic knowledge to be able to do it. With the explosion of field trials and potential interventions in development, Genetic Control of Malaria and Dengue provides a comprehensive overview of research in genetics, microbiology, virology, and ecology involved in the development and implementation of genetic modification programs for virus and disease control. This book is meant to provide a practical guide to researchers, regulators and the general public about how this technology actually works, how it can be improved, and what is still unknown.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 486 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 860g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128002468
  • 9780128002469

Table of contents

Transgenic Pests and Human Health: A Short Overview of Social, Cultural, and Scientific Considerations
Concept and History of Genetic Control
Considerations for disrupting malaria transmission in Africa using genetically-modified mosquitoes; ecology of Anopheline disease vectors, and current methods of control
Ecology of malaria vectors, and current (non-genetic) methods of control in the Asia region
Ecology of Anopheles darlingi, the primary malaria vector in the Americas, and current non-genetic methods of vector control
Considerations for Disrupting Dengue Virus Transmission; Ecology of Aedes aegypti and Current (Non-genetic) Methods of Control
The Challenge of Disrupting Vectorial Capacity
Gene insertion and deletion in mosquitoes
Gene Drive Strategies for Population Replacement
Exploring the sex-determination pathway for control of mosquito-borne infectious diseases
Disruption of Mosquito Olfaction
Disruption of mosquito blood meal protein metabolism
Engineering Pathogen Resistance in Mosquitoes
Genetic control of malaria and dengue using Wolbachia
Employing the Mosquito Microflora for Disease Control
Regulation of Transgenic Mosquitoes
Economic analysis of genetically modified mosquito strategies
Community engagement
Impact of genetic modification of vector populations on the malaria eradication agenda
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About Zach Adelman

Zach N. Adelman is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech. Following earlier work on the generation of pathogen-resistant mosquitoes and the development of novel mosquito promoters, Dr. Adelman's research has more recently focused on the development of novel gene editing/gene replacement approaches for disease vector mosquitoes as well as understanding genetic interactions between arthropod-borne viruses and their mosquito vectors.
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