Zika Virus Outbreak

With Zika, Indian firm scales up trials for ‘GM mosquitoes’

Such tests would progress quickly as the life span of the Aedes aegypti mosquito was 15 days.

  1. Gangabishan Bhikulal Investment and Trading Ltd. (GBIT), a sister company of the Maharashtra Hybrid Company (Mahyco)
  2. It is planning to scale up trials to find out whether genetically engineered mosquitoes can be a useful tool to check the growth of the insect
  3. It should be noted here that GBIT was the company that first brought Bt cotton to India
  4. Now, GBIT has been breeding male mosquitoes
  5. The company is expected to ask the take the government’s permission to start larger trials later this year

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