Chasing the Tsetse

Tsetse fly specimens. Image from WHO/Andy Craggs

As harmful insects adapt to a changing world, how people are affected by the tropical diseases they carry will also change. To get ahead of one such insect – the tsetse fly – scientists are using new methods to understand how the flies adapt to environmental stress in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to better understand what factors influence how tsetse flies choose their habitat. Another important question could also be addressed through this work: Where might the flies be in the future?

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