Ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing

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Male mos­qui­toes are mod­i­fied so off­spring die pre­ma­turely and don’t re­pro­duce. Ox­itec has ap­proval to breed GM mos­qui­toes in Brazil. It seeks fi­nal Brazil­ian clear­ance to mar­ket the ser­vice and FDA ap­proval for U.S. field tri­als.

Ad­van­tages The tech­nique has al­ready been tested for mos­quito con­trol in Brazil. Ox­itec has one breed­ing fa­cil­ity and is build­ing an­other.

Draw­backs GM mos­qui­toes may face re­sis­tance from the pub­lic and from reg­u­la­tors.

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