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A Genetically Modified Mosquito Could Help Fight Zika

  • FDA is reviewing Oxitec's application for trial in Florida
  • Oxitec's mosquitoes have biosafety approval in Brazil
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The Mosquitoes Taking on the Zika Virus

Genetically modified mosquitoes that would help fight the Zika virus are getting urgent attention from U.S. regulators as global health officials raise alarms about the pathogen’s spread.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the final stages of reviewing an application from Intrexon Corp.’s Oxitec unit to conduct a field trial in the Florida Keys, Oxitec Chief Executive Officer Hadyn Parry said in a phone interview. Parry wasn’t able to provide further details on the timing of an FDA decision.