Brazilian Mosquitocide

Wait, what! Haven’t we seen this movie before? First they send out some modified species, be it cleverly cultivated insects or a special strain of viruses to reduce the pest population, and then suddenly they find themselves rapidly reducing the human population as well. This is the kind of stuff that zombie blockbusters are made of!

Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mosquitoes bred with suicide genes to combat disease

With the World Cup just six weeks away, Brazilian authorities have approved the widespread, commercial release of a strain of mosquito that has been genetically reprogrammed to wipe out its own species.

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