What Could Go Wrong? Scientists Are Fighting Mosquitoes Carrying the Zika Virus with GENETICALLY ENGINEERED Mosquitoes

Posted by moku 2019 years ago in News
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Thousands of male mosquitoes were released in South Miami’s Brewer Park Thursday.

They have been rendered sterile in a Kentucky lab by a company called MosquitoMate.

The mosquitoes were left incapable of impregnating females, after being infused with a Wolbachia bacteria.

The plan is over six months to release six million of the bugs that don’t bite, but have a healthy sex drive, and will mate with females whose eggs won’t hatch.

“We would expect to see the mosquito population decline,” said Dr. William Petrie, Miami’s director of mosquito control. “If it works really successfully, the population will crash.”

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