28 Jan '15, 4pm

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

It’s only female mosquitoes that bite—males are only around for breeding purposes—and scientists at the British biofirm Oxitec have found a way to breed male Aedes aegypti with genetic fragments from E. coli bacteria and herpex simplex virus, along with coral and cabbage. This synthetic DNA apparently doesn’t pose much risk to animals, but it does the job of killing mosquito larvae. In experiments conducted by Oxitec in Brazil and the Cayman Islands, millions of modified mosquitoes were released over a period of several months, and they ended up decimating over 95 percent of the targeted insect population. Both countries were so impressed by this result that they’re now hoping for larger-scale operations.

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mnn.com 27 Jan '15, 1pm

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