Using genetically modified insects to beat Zika

A British team of scientists believe they know the way to stop the Zika virus in its tracks: use their genetically modified mosquito to inter-breed with the Zika carrying mosquito who will then become sterile and unable to reproduce. The result – no more Zika carrying mosquitos!

The article in the Independent gets quite science intense but the general argument is about using these genetically modified mosquitos to save us from what the World Health Organisation (WHO) says is a public health emergency. This is surely a useful story to use in debates about genetically modified animals in your RS GCSE exam, isn’t it?


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