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Testing Mosquitoes Age Can Reduce Vector-Borne Diseases

Lili He, professor of food science and former Family Research Scholar 2022-2023, was asked if the molecular spectroscopy technique she specializes in could be used to figure out the age of mosquitoes. She learned that only older mosquitoes infected with pathogens can pass on infectious diseases like the West Nile, Zika and Chikungunya viruses, dengue fever and malaria, when they bite humans and livestock.