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'GMO' isn't a dirty word: Genetically modified insects could save lives, but first humans have to be convinced

from Salon

For years scientists have tinkered with mosquito genes to try to eradicate the crippling spread of diseases like malaria. But today new gene-editing technology has heightened the potential for helping hundreds of millions of impoverished people worldwide who are ravaged by the pathogen these tiny killers spread. At the forefront of this research is Bana, a village of 1,000 people in Burkina Faso, one of several sub-Saharan hot spots for the spread of malaria, a preventable disease that kills nearly 450,000 people a year in some of the world's poorest places. more


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