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John Galt

US approves lab-grown insects to kill mosquitoes

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A biotech startup got the OK from the feds last Friday to release lab-grown skeeters in 20 states — including New York — an army of weaponized insects whose mission is to target wild, disease-carrying mosquito populations, the journal Nature reported.

Kentucky-based MosquitoMate will infect the males, which don’t bite people, with Wolbachia pipientisbacteria — which affects mosquitoes but not animals or humans. The hope is the males mate with female Asian tiger mosquitoes, which do bite humans, and are carriers of dangerous viral diseases, such as yellow fever and Zika.


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