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June 10, 2005

"Magic Bullet" Fungi Could Stop Malaria

The NYT reports that two fungi harmless to humans and the environment -- Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae -- have been found to kill mosquitoes within several days of contact. Further testing is needed to develop the most efficient means of distributing and applying the fungi. The Metarhizium fungus is sold as termite control in the United States. The EPA says it is harmless to humans, even if swallowed or inhaled.


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