Thousands of dengue cases are reported every year in India
UK-based Oxitec, an Oxford University spin out, has approached the Indian government for necessary approvals to begin trials for genetically-modified (GM) mosquitoes, which supposedly help in fighting the dengue menace.
The modified male mosquito named '513A' will have a gene that ensures its offspring dies before reaching adulthood and thus control breeding of dengue spreading mosquitoes.
This mosquito has been tested in Brazil, where dengue emerged as a big worry during the recently concluded World Cup Football tournament, and the Cayman Islands.
"Oxitec is working with GBIT, a privately held Indian company that specializes in developing and commercializing novel technologies in health and agriculture, with a view to introducing this technology for dengue vector control in India," the company spokesperson said.
Thousands of dengue cases are reported every year in India.