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Researchers Examining Prospect Of Eradicating Mosquitoes Through Genetic Engineering

Wall Street Journal: Mosquitoes Are Deadly, So Why Not Kill Them All?
“The death toll from diseases carried by mosquitoes is so huge that scientists are working on a radical idea. Why not eradicate them? … Purposely engineering a species into extinction — or just diminishing it — is fraught with quandaries. Scientists must weigh the potential impact of removing a species on the environment and food chain. It will take years of more research, testing, and regulatory scrutiny before most genetically altered mosquitoes can be released into the wild. And the strategy might not work…” (McKay, 9/2).

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