Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in High-Security Lab

Scientists have launched a major new phase in the testing of a controversial genetically modified organism: a mosquito designed to quickly spread a genetic mutation lethal to its own species. Researchers have begun large-scale releases of the engineered insects, into a high-security laboratory in Terni, Italy.

Scientists divided over new research method to combat malaria

Work on an engineered gene used to modify DNA of mosquitoes ‘could be stifled’ by perceived risk to environment. The United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Egypt next week will consider recommendations that call on governments to refrain from releasing organisms that contain gene drives, even in small-scale field trials.