Oxitec develops genetically modified mosquitoes

January 29, 2015 5:12 PM

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Researchers from Oxitec, a British biotechnology company, have developed genetically-altered mosquitoes in an effort to quell mosquito populations and prevent the spread of diseases. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering releasing these genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever, claim the lives of more than one million people each year and have plagued humans for centuries. The diseases are spread when an infected female mosquito bites its victim. When female mosquitoes bite, they inject an...

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