A company with a swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes wants the Food and Drug Administrationto grant emergency approval for the controversial insects' use in the fight against the Zika virus.
Oxitec changed the DNA of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread the virus so their offspring die before adulthood, Hadyn Parry, the British company's CEO, told the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in Washington on Wednesday. The company deploys only male mosquitoes, which cannot bite, to halt transmission of the disease, he added.
"I don’t think time is on our side with Zika," Parry said.
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