A genetic discovery made by researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) could ‘hold time’ for disease-carrying mosquitoes, preventing them from maturing and reproducing.
According to UCR entomologist Naoki Yamanaka, a steroid called ecdysone, classified as a “fusion hormone,” is essential to the fruit fly’s maturation process.
He tested different types of insects and discovered the presence of ecdysone in each of them. And in almost all of them, this hormone is transported between cells by a group of four proteins. Except mosquitoes.