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MORE GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES TO BE UNLEASHED IN FIGHT AGAINST ZIKA

In the fight against the Zika Virus, millions of genetically modified mosquitoes are to be unleashed in the wild. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the disease, has been genetically modified by a British biotech company to pass on a “killer gene” that cuts short the life of the species’ young, which should decimate the insects’ population, curbing Zika’s spread. Trials in Brazil have already demonstrated mosquito numbers dropping by 90 percent in what has been described as “an unprecedented level of control.”