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GM mosquitoes: Risky experiment or life saver? A team of scientists based in the UK has shown that genetically-modified mosquitoes could prove effective in eradicating mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, but critics claim that the proposal is being rushed and is risky.

GM mosquitoes: Risky experiment or life saver?

Oxitec, a British biotech company from nearby Oxford University, is leading the research and development in the fight against insect- transmitted disease. For now it’s focussing on dengue fever, which can lead to excruciating pain and death, but in the future the company hopes to help combat malaria as well. Genetically Modified Mosquito Sparks a Controversy in Florida - Yale E360. When people think of genetically modified organisms, food crops like GM corn and soybeans usually come to mind.

Genetically Modified Mosquito Sparks a Controversy in Florida - Yale E360

But engineering more complex living things is now possible, and the controversy surrounding genetic modification has now spread to the lowly mosquito, which is being genetically engineered to control mosquito-borne illnesses. Marcos Teixeira de Freitas/Flickr An Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species that primarily transmits dengue fever. A U.K. Scientists Genetically Engineer 'Dead End' Mosquitos to Fight Dengue. A controversial plan by U.K. biotechnology firm Oxitec could eliminate a virus that causes 2.3 million infections and 25,000 deaths per year worldwide, but at the expense of driving an entire species to extinction.

Scientists Genetically Engineer 'Dead End' Mosquitos to Fight Dengue

Oxitec scientists have engineered flightless female and sterile male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that either cannot reproduce or whose offspring die before reaching maturity. “After an Oxitec mosquito has successfully mated with a wild female, any offspring that result will not survive to adulthood, so the mosquito population declines,” according to the company’s website. “By applying the Oxitec Control Programme to an area, the mosquito population in that area can be dramatically reduced or eliminated.” Their goal is to stop the transmission of dengue fever, which according to the World Health Organization, has spread rapidly in recent decades, putting nearly half of the world’s population at risk for infection.

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