Malaysia-GM Mosquito To Control Dengue

Nov. 15, 2010, 10:12 a.m.

"Malaysia will soon take the controversial step of releasing genetically modified (GM) male mosquitoes into the wild as part of an experiment to test their survival in natural conditions,"SciDev.Net reports. The ultimate goal is to slow the spread of dengue fever in the country. The country's National Biosafety Board approved the move last month, making it the "first major country in the world to release GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for field testing -- second only after the Cayman Islands in 2009," according to the news service. "The developers hope male GM mosquitoes will compete with normal males for females so that repeated releases cut numbers of A. aegypti in dengue-prone areas" (Tan, 11/2).

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