Malaysia mulls landmark trial of GM anti-dengue mosquitoes

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AFP: Malaysia mulls landmark trial of GM anti-dengue mosquitoes

By Beh Lih Yi (AFP) 

In this item AFP report that Malaysia is considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes designed to combat dengue fever, in a landmark field trial that has come in for criticism from environmentalists.
They describe the first experiment of its kind in Asia, 2,000-3,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes would be released in two Malaysian states in October or November.
It says that the insects in the study have been engineered so that their offspring quickly die, curbing the growth of the population in a technique researchers hope could eventually eradicate the dengue mosquito altogether.
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