GM mosquitos to fight dengue

A UK company has approached Indian authorities seeking permission to conduct trial of GM mosquitos, which help in eradicating dengue


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.


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