Setting the world’s deadliest animal to self-destruct

A. Ossola,  QUARTZ,  2022.

the mosquitoes are coming – and the, hopefully, they’re going. This wee, British biotech company Oxitec plans to kick off a months-long experiment in which it will release billions of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in California and Florida. But these aren’t just any mosquitoes – they’re genetically engineered so that they don’t bite and will, if all goes according to plan, eventually reduce the population of mosquitoes in these areas.

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