MIT says science is close to cracking the genetic code that could eradicate Zika-spreading mosquitoes

February 8, 2016 by  
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Scientists at MIT are proposing the use of a controversial “gene drive” technology to wipe out the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus , the rapidly spreading illness that causes babies to be born with small heads and brains. Three U.S. labs that handle mosquitoes are now working on developing the gene drive for the Aedes aegypti mosquito species, which also spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Researchers say the technology could be ready in as little as a few months, but they warn it will need to go through rigorous testing before it can be used to combat the disease-carrying insects. Read the rest of MIT says science is close to cracking the genetic code that could eradicate Zika-spreading mosquitoes

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