Launch of the updated World Health Organization framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes

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Malaria and other vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and Zika, affect millions worldwide. More than 400,000 people a year die from malaria alone, a disease transmitted by deadly anopheles mosquitoes (World Health Organization, 2021). Genetically modified mosquitoes are tested as part of the effort to provide another valuable resource to fight mosquito-borne diseases and eliminate their vast social and economic burden. The World Health Organization launched the new framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021.

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