The US Environmental Protection Agency Approves Killer Mosquito to Fight Against Harmful Diseases

Genetically modified mosquito pictured in its factory in Piracicaba, Brazil.

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MosquitoMate produced a man-made mosquito that has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency to be released in the environment. The male mosquito produced, Wolbachia pipientis, is intended to kill the Asian tiger mosquito. Asian tiger mosquito is responsible for many diseases, such as the Zika virus and yellow fever virus. The new virus do not bite humans, or harm any other insects or species of mosquitos. The EPA has approved the release in several states across the United States, hoping to reduce the number of Asian tiger mosquitos.

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Natan Hekmatjah

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