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Meddling with mosquito mating plugs

Messing with the plugs that male mosquitoes deposit in female reproductive tracts could be a way to slow the spread of malaria, says a new study in .

Such ‘mating plugs’, formed by proteins found in semen, are seen in many species. They are thought to prevent re-mating and / or help with sperm storage. In the new paper, Flaminia Catteruccia, of Imperial College London, and colleagues detail the composition of the plug used by males of the malarial mosquito species Anopheles gambiae.

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