Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What was that snippet of DNA? I’ll let 10-point winner Julie Stalhut explain:

It’s Anopheles gambiae cytochrome P450. A. gambiae is a mosquito that is a malaria vector, and cytochrome P450 expression plays a role in insecticide resistance.

So. It’s a piece of a gene that helps mosquitoes counter insecticides, of obvious importance to efforts to combat malaria.

It is time to tally the points for October, and we have a tie! First ever, I think. Julie Stalhut and Biobob each have 10, and both will be awarded their choice of either a print from my galleries, or a guest post on a topic of their choosing. Congrats! Email me to claim your loot, guys.

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