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Genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are being used in tests to reduce the wild Aedes larvae population in a Brazilian neighborhood.

In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec, inspects the pupae of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector for transmitting the Zika virus, in Campinas, Brazil. The company said tests begun last April in the small southeastern city in Brazil suggested the release of the GM males reduced the wild Aedes larvae population in the target neighborhood by more than 80 percent.

Andre Penner
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