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An international team of scientists has developed a way to genetically modify the malaria mosquito so that it would be unable to transmit the disease to humans. Researchers say the method eventually might be used to control large populations of mosquitoes by releasing a small number of modified insects into the wild that could breed the trait into ensuing generations.
An article on genetic manipulation of the Anopheles mosquito for malaria control is published this week in the journal Nature.Researchers on Sunday reported initial signs of success from the first release into the environment of mosquitoes engineered to pass a lethal gene to their offspring, killing them before they reach adulthood.
But there are two major concerns 1. Is it not possible that the mosquitoes might mutate themselves? 2. Possible unintended effects on public health and the environment, because once genetically modified insects are released, they cannot be recalled.