Inside OHSU’s new ‘insectary,’ home to 200k mosquitoes for malaria research (photos)

Oregon Health & Science University just acquired 1,600 new research subjects.

They’re small but mighty vectors for unpleasant itching at best and a deadly disease at worst.

An insectary opened last week at the OHSU Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute in Beaverton. It will house up to 200,000 mosquitoes to be used for malaria research.

More than 200 million new cases of malaria are reported each year, mostly in Africa, with a child dying from the disease every two minutes. Currently vaccine candidates…

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