Science Questions

Could mosquito gut bugs protect humans?

Sun, 10th May 2009

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Question

Keith in Norwich asked:

Can you ask if the people working with mosquitoes (the news story Kat covered earlier) had considered using the bacteria in their guts to develop a protection for humans or whatever?

Answer

We put this to Kat Arney:

Kat - It is an interesting question.  I think this works to a very early stage.  The protection from the bacteria for the mosquitoes is really due to their immune system rather than anything special about the bacteria themselves as far as I know at the moment.  So itís certainly an interesting question and I donít think it would work if it infected humans with bacteria either but certainly an interesting question, thanks Keith.

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