Australia Approves Dengue-Blocking Mosquitoes

Oct. 12, 2010, 9:07 a.m.

It was is being described as a "world first," mosquitoes "infected with a bacteria known to block transmission of dengue fever have been approved for release into the wild in Australia's north," the Herald Sun reports. The Eliminate Dengue Project "has received final regulatory and safety approvals" and plans are underway to begin field trials "early next year." Project leader Scott O'Neill said, "If it works it could be a sustainable low-cost approach to dengue control which will be much better, we think, and more environmentally friendly than spraying lots of insecticides into the environment to kill the mosquitoes" (9/30).

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