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← Genetically-modified mosquito designed to avoid malaria spread

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by God fearing Atheist

The article says the engineered gene makes the mosquito more resistant to the Malaria parasite. I hope that gives the GM allele a natural selection advantage over the natural variant. Then the GM variant will spread through the mosquito population once a few thousand mutants have been released. If there is no selection advantage then I assume billions of GM mosquitoes will have to be released to swamp the native populations.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:16:25 UTC | #947204