Mosquitoes kill more humans then any other insect or animal. They transmit malaria from human to human and are responsible for between 800,000 and 2 million deaths a year. Nearly half the world's population lives under the threat of contracting malaria. The parasite prays upon the most vulnerable of society, at least 700,000 children under 5 years of age will die this year, while leaving millions of it's survivors either physically or mentally impaired. The disease is also economically devastating, sucking an estimated 12 billion dollars out of Africa a year.
These mosquitos are being used to create a trial vaccine. The vaccine is the "Holy Grail" of malaria control.