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2 billion genetically modified mosquitos to be released to end insect-borne diseases

07:23 PM | 13 Mar, 2022
2 billion genetically modified mosquitos to be released to end insect-borne diseases
Source: Oxitec Ltd (Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE – Authorities in Florida have planned to release nearly 2 billion mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to cut populations of blood-carrying insects.

The move was planned to eradicate colonies of mosquitoes as Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to test the insects.

A bio-firm Oxitec has reportedly developed modified mosquitoes, which do not bite, to mate with common females. The larvae, either male or female, will not be able to survive to reach maturity, the company claims.

Many blood-borne diseases including dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya were spread from female mosquitoes which take the blood of a person infected with the virus and then transmit the virus while biting a healthy person.

Meanwhile, the movie also draws criticism as environmental groups raised questions about the potential impacts of genetically altered insects.

Earlier, millions of mosquitoes were released in a pilot project. Officials now aimed to expand the model to other US states.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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