LEXINGTON, Ky., June 25 (UPI) -- Don't feed the animals. The directive is plastered on signs in parks and zoos across the globe. But that's exactly what researchers at the University of Kentucky are proposing to do. And not just any animal -- they want to feed mosquitoes.
Scientists hope that by developing an artificial blood buffet, they can boost mosquito research in faraway places. The artificial platelets might also be used to deliver sterilization compounds to unsuspecting mosquito populations -- populations that carry deadly diseases, like West Nile, malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya and others.