CHICAGO (CBS) — Researchers at Indiana University are vying for a million-dollar grant for their work to come up with a more effective way to kill mosquitoes.
Inside a lab at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Molly Duman-Scheel has been killing mosquitoes by the thousands.
“In each of these cups, we have a different insecticide, so each different insecticide is against a different gene, and we’ll test and see which ones actually kill the mosquitoes in each cup,” she said.
Duman-Scheel, Associate Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the IU School of Medicine, and her team have been focusing on mosquitos at the larval stage.
“We are actually targeting them during their development, so before they reach adulthood when they could bite you and spread illnesses,” she said.