750 million genetically modified mosquitoes to be released across Florida Keys
Authorities have approved plans for genetically modified mosquitoes to be released across the Florida Keys from next year. British-based firm Oxitec has designed the project to test whether the altered mosquitoes are a viable alternative to pesticides to control and prevent the spread of diseases, including Zika and dengue.
In 2021, they will also be released in Harris County, Texas.
The male mosquito, called OX5034, is designed to produce female offspring which die when reaching the larval stage.
A protein is passed on which kills them before they hatch and are big enough to spread disease and bite. Male mosquitoes do not need to bite for blood as they feed on nectar.
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