Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Fight Malaria

6400 male specimens released to combat the female mosquito that spreads malaria.

6400 male specimens released to combat the female mosquito that spreads malaria.

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Bill Gates Foundation project releases 6400 specimens of genetically modified mosquitoes in a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to fight malaria

Are genetically modified mosquitoes flying freely in the wild to end malaria a scientific dream or a reality? The issue is posed by the Spanish newspaper El País in its edition today, when it states that the Target Malaria project - funded by the Bill and Melinda Foundation and 13 other public and private institutions - aims to fight the disease, which every year still kills over 400,000 people in Africa, with its own agent.

According to the news, 6400 male specimens, Anopheles Gambiae, sterile due to a change caused by human manipulation of their DNA, were released in early July in a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

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