Malaysia- GM Mosquitos In Hopes Of Slowing Dengue

Feb. 2, 2011, 2:54 p.m.

January 27, 2011

"Malaysia released about 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue fever, officials said Wednesday," theAssociated Press reports. "The field test is meant to pave the way for the use of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes to mate with females and produce no offspring or ones with shorter lives, thus curtailing the mosquito population." The article describes how asimilar trial in the Cayman Islands "resulted in a dramatic drop in the mosquito population in a small area studied by researchers," and the debate surrounding the approach (1/26).

 

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