Issue Date: Feb 28, 2011
DISEASES like dengue and yellow fever are transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. The mosquito originated in sub-Saharan Africa, where some of its populations still breed in forests and feed on animals. Many of its populations, however, have evolved to thrive in human habitats in and outside Africa. It is unclear whether the global populations of Aedes aegypti are a result of a single or multiple domestications, that is, acclimatisation of the mosquito in human surroundings. But a group of scientists seem to have found the answer.