Zapping Zika

Scientists in the lab of UCI vector biologist and professor Anthony James ’73, Ph.D. ’79 inject a mosquito under a microscope during a training session. James and his colleagues have altered mosquitoes’ gene expression by using RNA-interfering molecules to modify their ability to transmit dengue viruses and are now working on Zika. “Most of the species that we’re going after are invasive,” James says. “We’re trying to manipulate the ecology back to what it was.”