Brazil just released thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to deal with dengue fever.
The Times of India reports that thousands of British-made genetically engineered mosquitoes were released by Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro late-September.
The mosquitoes have been artificially infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever. The researchers hope that they will multiply and become the dominant species of mosquitoes, thus reducing the cases of dengue fever in the city.
The British firm responsible for this marvelous achievement is Oxitec . It altered the DNA of the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent it from spreading the potentially deadly virus.
Read more about dengue here if you’re unaware about what it can do.
Brazil has now become the first country in the world to allow the commercial release of the genetically modified mosquito.
Good job Brazil!
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