Showing posts with label Genetically Modified Mosquitoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genetically Modified Mosquitoes. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WHO Recommends Genetically Modified Insects to Fight Zika

WHO Recommends Genetically Modified Insects to Fight Zika
Countries dealing with Zika outbreaks should consider using controversial methods to fight its spread, such as using genetically modified mosquitoes and biological agents that stop mosquito larva from hatching, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Brazil to deploy army in fight against Zika virus

Brazil will deploy 220,000 soldiers in its fight against mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus, the government announced on Tuesday.

Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Brazil was "losing badly" in its fight against the virus which has no vaccine or treatment.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Florida scientists prepare to release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes

Hundreds of thousands of mutated mosquitoes could soon be unleashed in Florida, but don’t worry: scientists say they have a plan.
It might sound like something out of a low-budget horror film, but the US Food and Drug Administration really is considering whether or not they should allow scientists to send thousands upon thousands of genetically altered insects into the wild.
If all goes as planned, mosquitos modified by some serious Frankenstein treatment will be introduced into the Florida Keys and ideally mate with skeeters that carry the deadly dengue fever, passing along in the process a fatal birth defect that will hopefully eradicate the offspring before birth. From there, scientists say they expect the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the dangerous disease will be decimated in only a few generations without causing any major implications for the native ecosystem.

EL News