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ICMR-VCRC creates unique mosquitoes, to combat Dengue and Chikungunya

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Peeyush Ghalot
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The ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) created unusual female mosquitoes that would breed with male mosquitoes and give birth to larvae that do not transmit the diseases Dengue and Chikungunya. In order to slow the spread of the viral illness, the ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre in Puducherry created two colonies of Aedes aegypti that were infected with the wMel and wAlbB Wolbachia strains. These colonies were known as Ae. aegypti (Pud). For the previous four years, the VCRC has focused on Wolbachia mosquitoes. Given that "mosquitoes are to be distributed every week in the surrounding neighbourhoods," the real project may require a number of official permissions. Dr. Ashwani Kumar, director of the ICMR-VCRC in Puducherry, said in a statement to ANI, "We have mosquitoes ready to replace Dengue and Chikungunya mosquitoes. We will release female mosquitoes, and when they mate with males, they will create larvae that are virus-free. The expert emphasised the technology's high potential and said, "We have prepared mosquitoes and eggs and can release them at any moment. The study started four years ago, and it is now finished, but official clearances are still pending. The technology has a lot of promise. The research began four years ago and is finally over, but Dr. Ashwani Kumar said the official permissions are still pending. According to the World Health Organization, dengue is one of the viruses that is now growing the quickest. It is a viral disease carried by mosquitoes.

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