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750 million GM Mosquitoes - What could possibly go wrong eh ?

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750 million GM Mosquitoes - What could possibly go wrong eh ?
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8437369/Florida-approves-plan-release-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-lessen-spread-Zika-virus.html

State regulators in Florida have approved a plan to release 750million genetically modified mosquitoes they hope could lessen the spread of disease. Designed by the British biotech firm Oxitec, the mosquitos have been modified to pass on a particular protein when they mate, which lowers the survival chances for female offspring. With fewer females in each subsequent generation, the researchers hope overall mosquito populations in the region will decrease along with reductions in the transmission rates of disease passed through mosquito bites.



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Oxitec

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxitec

Oxitec was founded in 2002 by Luke Alphey and David Kelly working with Oxford University's Isis Innovation technology transfer company.



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