EPA approves field trials of genetically modified mosquito July 12, 2020

from PRI: Science, Tech & Environment· ·

The Environmental Protection Agency has given biotech company Oxitec the go- ahead to test the effectiveness of genetically modified mosquitoes in parts of Florida and Texas. Oxitec has been developing genetically modified mosquitoes in hopes of reducing local populations of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, yellow fever and the Zika virus. About 750,000 people die each year from mosquito-borne illnesses, making the insect indirectly responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in the world. _ Related : Burkina Faso is fighting malaria — with genetically modified mosquitoes_ Oxitec plans to target a particular mosquito called [Aedes aegypti](https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/disease-vectors/facts/mosquito- …



Biotech company Oxitec is developing genetically modified mosquitoes in hopes of reducing local populations of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, yellow fever, and the Zika virus. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has given Oxitec the go-ahead to test the effectiveness of these mosquitoes in parts of Florida and Texas.