View of pupas of transgenic mosquito Aedes aegypti OX513A, which host reproductive capability is altered, in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 26, 2016.
Governments and philanthropists announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by creating transgenic insects, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects.
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