2 Billion Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Cleared For Release

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Oxitec aims to curb mosquito populations in the US through genetic modification; specifically, they’re looking to release genetically modified male mosquitoes. These mosquitoes, which are codenamed OX5034 and derived from Aedes aegypti, are modified to produce female larvae that will die before reaching adulthood. This method of population control is the sterile insect technique, and Oxitec had already used these species in 2020 to reduce mosquito populations in Brazil successfully. Read full article here

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