6,000 GM mozzies released in Bentong

Posted on January 26, 2011. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

-The Star-

PETALING JAYA: The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) released about 6,000 genetically-modified (GM) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes last month in a test to detect the insects’ flight range and survivability in the wild.

IMR said in statement that the the mosquitos were released in an uninhabited forest near Bentong, Pahang on Dec 21.

“The experiment was concluded on Jan 5 and fogging was done on Jan 6. IMR will monitor the area for up to 2 months,” the statement said.

The field trial had raised concerns from NGOs. The Government approved the trial after several tests were carried out.

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