Public health

Mosquito in the ointment

Print edition : February 16, 2018

A technician counting mosquito larvae in the laboratory at the Oxitec Ltd facility in Campinas, Brazil, on March 1, 2016. Photo: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

A Health Ministry official in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, displaying a scale model of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an April 1, 2008, photograph. Malaysia released about 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue fever, officials said on January 26, 2011. Photo: AP

A U.K.-based biotechnology company is planning a large-scale trial release of modified A. aegypti mosquitoes in Maharashtra though the method has not been conclusively tested for its safety or efficacy to control wild populations of the insect vector.
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