News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
Worldwide interest in Anopheles mosquitoes stems from their role in the transmission of malaria, a disease responsible for over 1 million deaths per year. The success of the Anopheles species in transmitting malaria parasites is closely related to its ecological abilities to face the challenges of new biotic and abiotic scenarios. As such, understanding how mosquitos adapt to their environments could have direct consequences on the design and implementation of vector control measures.
The Josefa González lab at IBE and the Diego Ayala lab at Institut de recherche pour le développement (France) have joined efforts towards the study of adaptation in Anopheles. As a first step, they have reviewed all the available evidence for the role of inversions, a type of chromosomal rearrangment, in Anopheles adaptation.
Ayala, D., Ullastres, A. and González, J. Adaptation through chromosomal inversions in Anopheles. Frontiers in Genetics 5: 129. (doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00129)