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    Reference : New Scientist, 26 April, page 6

    Large numbers of genetically modified male mosquitos Aedes aegypti will shortly be released in Brazil to combat dengue fever. They are modified so that their offspring will not reach maturity. Since the females mate only once, this will reduce the population dramatically, and the company behind it has reported a 79% reduction in field trials elsewhere. Since dengue fever affects 50 million people per year globally, and kills lots of people, this would be a great boon to those countries with this disease (including te USA).


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    Sounds good to me.


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    Not really being very informed on biology and genetics, releasing genetically modified ANYTHING always makes me shiver a little. Being that my primary association with the word almost always makes me think of evil Monsanto, I suppose I might be a little biased.
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