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May 4, 2021

First genetically modified mosquitoes released in the United States

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

After a decade of fighting for regulatory approval and public acceptance, a biotechnology firm has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into the open air in the United States for the first time. The experiment, launched this week in the Florida Keys — over the objections of some local critics — tests a method for suppressing populations of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.


Biotech firm Oxitec launches controversial field test of its insects in Florida after years of push-back from residents and regulatory complications.

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