mosquitoes
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Wolbachia-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Gene Drive Limitations
Gene Drive Limitations
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2017
In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.
After Harvey, Mosquito Control Ramps Up
After Harvey, Mosquito Control Ramps Up
Abby Olena | Sep 15, 2017
With flooding still several feet high in some parts of Texas, authorities have intensified mosquito control tactics in the hopes of avoiding disease outbreaks.
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017
Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 
<em>Wolbachia</em>-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Kerry Grens | Apr 19, 2017
The bacterium causes eggs to die, and spreading treated insects is expected to curb Aedes aegypti populations.
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Kerry Grens | Mar 28, 2017
In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Kerry Grens | Jan 17, 2017
Infected with Wolbachia, the insects are expected to reduce the spread of dengue and Zika. But scientists say the approach may have limitations.
Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria
Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria
Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | Jan 1, 2017
Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.
Infographic: Using Gene Drive to Control Malaria
Infographic: Using Gene Drive to Control Malaria
Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | Dec 31, 2016
For years, researchers have looked to genetically modify mosquitoes to prevent the spread of malaria. Now they have a promising strategy.