Monday, January 31, 2011

Malaysia Unleashes 6,000 Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes into Wild

Malaysian officials recently set loose thousands of "Frankenbugs" into the forests of Asia, purportedly to help curb the spread of dengue fever. Scientists programmed the 6,000 genetically-modified (GM) Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes in such a way that when they breed with females, the offspring will die early and thus reduce their overall population.'


1 comment:

  1. Hmmmm, I wonder what effect this will have on the food chain. I am sure that mosquitoes are eaten by something in the food chain.

    I'm sure when it all goes wrong and some new disease is produced, they will have a nice GM vaccine for us all.


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