The wMel Wolbachia strain blocks dengue and invades caged Aedes aegypti populations
T Walker, PH Johnson, LA Moreira, I Iturbe-Ormaetxe, FD Frentiu, CJ McMeniman, YS Leong, Y Dong, J Axford, P Kriesner, AL Lloyd, SA Ritchie, SL O'Neill, AA Hoffmann
Nature | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2011
We are grateful to N. Kenny for technical support and to members of the O'Neill laboratory for critical reading of the manuscript. We thank R. Silcock, M. Janes, S. Long, C. Paton and C. Omodei for their assistance in the semi-field cages and laboratory at James Cook University. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who helped to blood-feed the mosquitoes in the cages and to P. Young for providing the anti-dengue antibodies. This research was supported by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia, the RAPIDD program of the NIH, the Climate and Health Cluster of the CSIRO Flagship collaboration Fund and fellowships from the Australian Research Council.