World’s Largest Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Set for Release In US

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in California and Florida in an effort to reduce the number of real, disease-carrying invasive mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were made by UK-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. However, critics, including scientists, public health experts, and environmental groups, are concerned about what impacts releasing the genetically altered mosquitoes could have on public health as well as the environment.