Genetically-modified mosquito larvae to be released in Florida Keys

Genetically-modified mosquito larvae to be released in Florida Keys

The Guardian

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Non-biting male mosquito larvae part of controversial program to curb spread of diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever

The Florida Keys will this week see the release of genetically-modified, non-biting male mosquito larvae as part of a controversial program designed to curb the spread of insect-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever and other human diseases.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and British firm biotech Oxitec announced last week that 12,000 of the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito species are expected to emerge each week for three weeks from six locations: two on Cudjoe Key, one on Ramrod Key and three on Vaca Key.

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