Mosquito genetics inspire innovative idea for biomaterial storage solution

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In Russia, mosquitos are proving to be quite helpful in coming up with a biomaterial storage solution to replace the current deep freezing or cryogenic storage methods that are expensive and difficult to move or transport. Mosquitos have interesting genes that play a role in anhydrobiosis, where they lie in a dormant state induced by drought, but then restores to life after complete dehydration.

Researchers received additional grant money recently to further the study to find the specific mosquito genes and proteins that cause anhydrobiosis so that they can use that knowledge to create biomaterial storage technology.