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Computationally designed enzyme inhibitors overcome pesticide resistance

Interview by American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News.
I commented on a PNAS paper entitled ‘Overcoming insecticide resistance through computational inhibitor design
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1909130116

A fungus plus a spider toxin equals a weapon to kill mosquitoes

Interview by Science News for Students.
I commented on a Science paper entitled ‘Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw8737

A fungus weaponized with a spider toxin can kill malaria mosquitoes

Interview by Science News.
I commented on a Science paper entitled ‘Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw8737

Cutting-Edge Malaria Intervention Research

Featured in CDC Bulletin
Mosquitoes have become increasingly resistant to insecticides used for public health, thus compromising mosquito control efforts. However, these processes have not been fully understood. DPDM research demonstrated that insecticide exposure impacts bacteria that colonize mosquitoes (the mosquito microbiota). The presence of insecticide-metabolizing bacteria in resistant mosquitoes could potentially be used to predict insecticide resistance in the field.

A New Way to Keep Mosquitoes From Biting

Interview by The Atlantic.
I commented on a Cell paper entitled ‘Small-Molecule Agonists of Ae. aegypti Neuropeptide Y Receptor Block Mosquito Biting
DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2018.12.004

Zika: Is the U.S. ready for the fight?

CNN interview.
As part of one of CDC groups that led global Zika vector control efforts, we were interviewed by CNN, during which I demonstrated and answered questions on how to test mosquito populations for susceptibility to insecticides.

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