"Scientists bred extremely sexually attractive male mosquitoes whose offspring are unable to breed. So these mosquitoes will hopefully dominate the mosquito gene pool, and in a generation or two, billions of mosquito larvae will be reproductive dead-ends."
In late 50’s Alain Delon burst on the scene as the breathtakingly good-looking James Dean of French cinema. The 'male Brigitte Bardot' soon proved to be also a magnificent actor in masterpieces by Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni including Purple Noon, Rocco and his Brothers, La Samourai & other films.
A genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito in Oxitec's UK lab. The US Food and Drug Administration is considering releasing the non-biting male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes modified by Oxitec to pass along a birth defect to their progeny, thus killing off the next generation of the mosquitoes that can carry dengue and chikungunya
Culex (Mosquito) Antennae The male mosquito has large bushy antennae, which he uses to listen for the buzz of a potential mate. He responds only to the humming frequency given by a female of the same species and will fly in the direction of the sound to mate with her. Male mosquitoes do not bite, but feed on plant juices and flower nectar. Only female mosquitoes bite animals and require a blood meal.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and West Nile, kill more people than any other disease, and infect more than 700 million people. As a new tactic to fight these diseases, 3 million genetically modified sterile male mosquitoes were released in the Caymans in 2010 to mate with wild female mosquitoes, resulting in an 80 percent population drop. In the future, scientists hope to create mosquitoes with a new genetic trait that prevents malaria…