The origin of Aedes aegypti

Exciting news! We have evidence that suggests that the yellow fever mosquito did not originate in Africa, as is commonly assumed. Analysis of Ae. aegypti and its closer relatives from the Southwest Indian Ocean islands suggest that Ae. aegypti  arouse in this islands and move to Africa <85,000 years ago.  This work is described on our most recent paper, “Genetic evidence for the origin of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, in the southwestern Indian Ocean “, led by my collaborator John Soghigian (now at NC State). The press release can be found here.