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Inside the Plan to Release Life-Saving Mosquitoes

WIRED,  WIRED,  2022.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is turning towards a novel tool to combat harmful insecticide-resistant mosquitoes like the Aedes aegypti. What are they doing exactly? They're releasing millions of genetically modified male mosquitoes engineered to reduce the ...
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Mosquitoes Genetically Modified to Stop Disease Pass Early Test

L. Rapaport,  WebMD,  2022.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in the U.S. appear to have passed an early test that suggests they might one day help reduce the population of insects that transmit infectious diseases. As part of the test, scientists released nearly 5 million genetically engineered ...
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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 - ...
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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 ...
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First U.S. Open-Air Test of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Deemed a Success

S. Kuta,  Smithosonian Magazine,  2022.
A private company that released genetically modified mosquitoes into the open air of the Florida Keys last spring says the experiment was a success, reports Emily Waltz for Nature. Oxitec, a United Kingdom-based biotech firm initially founded at Oxford University, released the ...
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Genetically modified mosquitoes for controlling vector-borne diseases? Successful trial gives hope

T. Deol,  Down To Earth,  2022.
Preliminary results of an open-air study of genetically engineered mosquitoes — with an aim to suppress a wild population of virus-carrying mosquitoes — in the United States have shown promising results. The aim of the experiment by Oxitec, a United Kingdom-based ...
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Release of genetically modified mosquitoes created to fight disease a success: Biotech firm

C. Greenberg,  National Post,  2022.
The release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the United States created to fight disease has gone according to plan, biotechnology firm Oxitec says.The first phase of the pilot study consisted of releasing almost 5 million modified Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes in the Florida ...
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Tests of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Prove Positive

R. Ellis,  WebMD,  2022.
The first open-air study of genetically modified mosquitoes in the United States has yielded positive results, says Oxitec, the UK-based company that ran the study. However, Oxitec says larger tests are needed to determine whether the insects can suppress the disease-spreading ...
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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Work as Intended

M. L. Ford,  NEWSER,  2022.
Results are in from a pilot study in Florida, where millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes were released into the wild. Some referred to it as the “Jurassic Park” experiment when it was announced last year, but—so far—everything is going to plan, according to UK ...
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The plan to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in California

M. Petersen,  Phys Org,  2022.
In the mosquito breeding rooms of British biotech company Oxitec, scientists line up fresh eggs, each the size of a grain of salt. Using microscopic needles, the white-coated researchers inject each egg with a dab of a proprietary synthetic DNA. For four days, Oxitec technicians ...
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Genetically-Modified Mosquitos Could Soon Be Released in California

A. Madrigal,  KQED,  2022.
Millions of genetically-modified, non-biting mosquitoes may soon be set loose in California after federal regulators gave the green light to a study aimed at preventing transmission of diseases like Zika and dengue. British biotech firm Oxitech says its technology alters male ...
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Will genetic modification of mosquitoes take a bite out of insects’ population?

N. Patel,  KCRW,  2022.
An invasive species of aggressive “ankle biters” called the Aedes aegypti mosquito is now in LA, and it’s spreading quickly. These tiny vampires can lay eggs in a space as small as a water-filled bottle cap, and they carry diseases like yellow fever and dengue. A British ...
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An army of genetically engineered mosquitoes is about to be released

M. Menard,  KNX NEWS,  2022.
A British biotech company has been altering the DNA of mosquitoes with the goal of killing off a more dangerous breed capable of spreading deadly diseases. And now they’re preparing to release their “friendly mosquitoes” into the wild. In California. Aedes aegypti is an ...
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California’s first genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be released

A. M. Asperin,  FOX11 Los Angeles,  2022.
How would you feel about a few genetically engineered mosquitoes flying into your neighborhood? It's a possibility after the US Environmental Protection Agency on Friday approved pilot projects of Oxitec's mosquitoes in specific districts in California and Florida. The next ...
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In California, an army of genetically engineered mosquitoes awaits release. Will it backfire?

M. Petersen,  Los Angeles Times,  2022.
In the mosquito breeding rooms of British biotech company Oxitec, scientists line up fresh eggs, each the size of a grain of salt. Using microscopic needles, the white-coated researchers inject each egg with a dab of a proprietary synthetic DNA. For four days, Oxitec technicians ...
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Federal Government Approves Release of Millions of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in California

A. Jose,  The Western Journal,  2022.
Genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes could soon buzz around in California and Florida after the federal government greenlighted a plan to release the insects in the states. The project is spearheaded by biotechnology firm Oxitec, which, among other things, specializes in ...
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Billions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Are Set to Descend on California and Florida This Summer

J. Rossen,  MENTAL FLOSS,  2022.
Californians may not know it on sight, but there’s going to be something different about their mosquitoes this summer. An invasive species of the bite-prone insects has been genetically modified in an attempt at controlling disease spread. According to Smithsonian, the ...
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Genetically modified mosquitoes, a potential antidote to deadly diseases

TRTWorld,  TRTWorld,  2022.
The US approved the release of billions of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the transmission of diseases but critics point to possible unintended consequences. Can genetically modified animals combat the spread of deadly diseases? The United States Environmental ...
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Why a U.S. Company Plans to Release 2.4 Billion Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

M. Osborne,  Smithosonian Magazine,  2022.
The Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the release of 2.4 billion genetically-modified mosquitoes in California and Florida. The mosquitoes, created by biotech firm Oxitec, will be non-biting Aedes aegypti males engineered to only produce viable male offspring, per the ...
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US poised to release 2.4bn genetically modified male mosquitoes to battle deadly diseases

G. Canon,  The Guardian,  2022.
Genetically modified male mosquitoes may soon be buzzing across areas of California, in an experiment to stop the spread of invasive species in a warming climate. Earlier this month, the EPA cleared the UK-based biotech company Oxitec to release a maximum of roughly 2.4bn of its ...
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Millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes are here to protect us

M. Kaufman,  MASHABLE,  2022.
Aedes aegypti almost certainly traveled to California in cargo, like many invasive species do. The species, which flourishes in warmer climes, has colonized places like Los Angeles County, and is expected to multiply and spread in these temperate regions as the climate ...
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A scourge of genetically modified mosquitoes could be unleashed in California

J. Bote,  SFGATE,  2022.
A genetically modified scourge of mosquitoes could be unleashed throughout California as municipalities across the state grapple with increasing bouts of an invasive mosquito species. The mosquitoes, developed by the British biotech firm Oxitec, are known as OX5034 — a modified ...
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Billions of GE Mosquitoes May Soon Be Released in California and Florida

A. N. Mitra,  Earth Island Journal,  2022.
he US Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to allow the release of billions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in California and Florida has several environmental and public health groups worried about the potential impacts of the experimental releases on ...
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California’s first lab-grown mosquitoes may take flight—stirring controversy

L. M. Krieger,  Phys Org,  2022.
A biotech firm is seeking permission to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the open air of California for the first time later this year, aiming to reduce the expanding populations of invasive mosquitoes and prevent deadly disease. The controversial research ...
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Genetically modified mosquitoes kill their own offspring

C. Ward,  SYFY,  2022.
Oxitec, a biotech company, has developed a strain of A. aegypti which they call Friendly. Their modified mosquitos are all males and carry a gene which prevents the birth of females in subsequent generations. In short, they’re reducing disease-carrying mosquitos by killing ...
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Millions Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Be Set Loose In US

H. Wilmerding,  Daily Caller,  2022.
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the United States as part of an initiative to replace the insects carrying deadly diseases, the company behind the plan announced Tuesday. The program, led by biotechnology company Oxitec, will release roughly 2 ...
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Florida Begins Release of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes to Prevent Spread of Zika

Entrepreneur staff,  Entrepreneur,  2022.
Since 2016, Zika , a disease transmitted by a virus that spreads an invasive species of mosquito, has plagued various regions of the world, including areas of Florida and Texas in the United States. In May 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a program to ...
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2 Billion Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Have Been Approved For Release In Florida And California

J. U. Nisa,  Wonder Engineering,  2022.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sanctioned the release of 2 billion genetically modified mosquitos in Florida and California, Oxitec, the company that created the genetically modified mosquitoes, said. Oxitec’s experimental program intends to reduce the spread ...
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Billions of genetically modified male mosquitos will be released in California and Florida as a ‘natural pest control’ to stop the spread of diseases like Zika, yellow fever and Dengue

R. Morrison,  Daily Mail,  2022.
Billions of genetically engineered male mosquitos will be released in California and Florida over the next two years, as part of a mission to kill off biting females. Oxitec, based in Oxford UK, is a biological pest control development firm, that has produced the edited version ...
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California Residents’ Perceptions of Gene Drive Systems to Control Mosquito-Borne Disease

C. E. Schairer, C. Triplett, O. S. Akbari and C. S. Bloss,  Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology,  10. 2022.
Scientists developing gene drive mosquitoes for vector control must understand how residents of affected areas regard both the problem of mosquito-borne disease and the potential solutions offered by gene drive. This study represents an experiment in public engagement at an early ...
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2 billion genetically modified mosquitos are about to be released in the US

J. Hawkins,  yahoo,  2022.
Scientists have been playing god with mosquitos for a couple of years now. Back in 2021, British company Oxitec released 750 million lab-modified mosquitos in Florida. Now, the company is gearing up to release another 2 billion genetically modified mosquitos across more of ...
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2 Billion Genetically Altered Mosquitoes Will Be Released in Fla. and Calif. to Fight Disease

A. Adams,  People,  2022.
Billions of genetically modified mosquitoes are expected to be released within the next two years as part of an expanded version of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study — but the project is receiving criticism from advocacy groups that believe it could be ...
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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be tested in California soon

S. Milius,  Science News,  2022.
Genetically modified mosquitoes might soon be whining on both U.S. coasts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved two more years of testing Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes as living pest controls, continuing a pilot program started in 2021 in the Florida ...
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Why millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released across US

J. Rogers,  New York Post,  2022.
The US could soon be swarming with genetically altered mosquitoes after the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to test the insects. It is hoped the new altered mosquitoes will ward off their natural, disease-causing counterparts. Biotechnology company Oxitec has ...
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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes May Be Released in Fla and Calif

R. Ellis,  WebMD,  2022.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the release of 2 billion genetically altered mosquitoes in Florida and California, the company that created the genetically modified mosquitoes said. The experimental program created by Oxitec is designed to reduce the ...
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2 Billion Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Cleared for Release in California and Florida

E. Cara,  gizmodo,  2022.
British biotech firm Oxitec announced this week that it has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in parts of Florida and in California, following the completion of a pilot program last year. The ...
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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Set to Be Released in California and Florida

K. Roberts,  The Epoch Times,  2022.
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in California and Florida in an effort to reduce the number of real, disease-carrying invasive mosquitoes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved use of the genetically engineered insects in ...
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Proposed moquito release for Tulare County draws concern

E. Smith,  The Business Journal,  2022.
News of the approval to release genetically-modified mosquitoes in Tulare County and Monroe County, Florida has drawn the ire of activists who say the company behind the project has not provided data demonstrating the insects are safe. At the same time, the company says it has ...
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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be buzzing in Florida and California. Here’s why.

R. W. Miller,  USA Today,  2022.
Millions of genetically altered mosquitoes that seek to ward off their natural, disease-causing counterparts may soon be released in Florida and California after the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to further test the modified insects. Developed by the ...
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‘Halt this nightmare immediately’: EPA approves release of genetically-engineered mosquitoes

J. Corbett,  AlterNet,  2022.
Environmental and public health advocates responded with alarm after the Biden administration on Monday gave a British biotechnology company a green light to unleash billions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
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Genetically Engineered Mosquito Imminent Mass Release Ignores Science, Public Health and Environmental Risks

H. Bourque,  Friends of the Earth,  2022.
In defiance of science and public health concerns, today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the mass release of billions of experimental genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes into the United States’ most populous and agriculturally significant states. The ...
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GMO mosquitoes set for release in California to quell disease

M. Renda,  Courthouse News Service,  2022.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the experimental use of genetically engineered mosquitoes in California and Florida to reduce the populations of invasive mosquitoes that carry a host of infectious diseases like Zika and dengue fever. “With mosquito and ...
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No, genetically engineered mosquitoes aren’t about to be released in Berkeley

K. D. Rauch,  Berkeleyside,  2021.
Judith Pierce, public outreach coordinator for the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, would like to make one thing clear: A release of genetically engineered mosquitoes is not coming to Berkeley — or anywhere in Alameda County — in the near future. Not to her ...
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EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Experimental Use Permit for Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

PCT Staff,  Pest Control Technology,  2021.
EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to extend and expand an approved Experimental Use Permit (EUP). The EUP currently allows Oxitec Ltd. to field test the use of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as a way to reduce mosquito populations in Florida ...
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Wolbachia and cytoplasmic incompatibility in mosquitoes

Sinkins, SP,  Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,  34:723-729. 2004.
Wolbachia are maternally inherited bacteria that induce cytoplasmic incompatibility in mosquitoes, and are able to use these patterns of sterility to spread themselves through populations. For this reason they have been proposed as a gene drive system for mosquito genetic ...
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