Brit firm sparks fury after ‘releasing genetically modified mosquitoes’ into wild

C. Lawrence-Jones,  Daily Star,  2022.

A British company has sparked fury after releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild that critics say could produce new strains of super-mozzies. UK-based Oxitec say they’ve hacked the insects’ genetic make up and hope it will ultimately kill off all-female offspring wiping out huge colonies of the bug. Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world with mosquito-borne diseases killing around a million people every year. In time, Oxitec argue, the hybrids could wipe out mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and yellow fever. But the experimental release in California and Florida Keys, an island chain at the very tip of Florida in the U.S. has angered critics.

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