Evaluating radioprotectors to improve x-ray sterilization techniques for Aedes aegypti males
Several compounds have been described to act as radioprotectors in different model systems for example ethanol in mice, dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) and nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) in insects. We have investigated the effect of treatment with potential radioprotective compounds on longevity of X-ray sterilized mosquito males. Our results suggest that radioprotective compounds could become an essential part of mosquito sterilization protocols and improve mosquito sterile insect technique.
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