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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Insect 'birth control' may be tested in Caribbean

Caribbean360.com: "Scientists in England are eyeing the Caribbean as one of the possible locations for field trials of a new technique to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue fever. Oxitec, a company that grew out of Oxford University, said it has genetically engineered male mosquitoes, which it proposes to release in the wild to mate with female mosquitoes. The end result, said chief scientist, Dr Luke Alphey, is no new generation of the mosquito."

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