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Genetically modified "gene drive" mosquitoes feed on warm cow's blood. Scientists hope these mosquitoes could help eradicate malaria. Pierre Kattar for NPR hide caption

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Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

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This adult Anopheles gambiae mosquito — the kind that spreads malaria — was genetically modified as part of the study. Andrew Hammond hide caption

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Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

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A mosquito's antenna responds to odors. Scientists are trying to figure out how the malaria parasite might trigger a change in body odor that draws in mosquitoes that carry the disease, like the Anopheles skeeter pictured above. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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A female hiker is attacked by bugs on the Welch-Dickey trail. Tyler Stableford / Aurora Outdoo/Getty Images/Aurora Creative hide caption

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How To Teach Mosquitoes To Leave You Alone

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Monsoon rains flooded Mumbai in August 2017. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can spread diseases like dengue fever. Drought has affected the health of Somalians. (From left) Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images; Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images; Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Health, Spreading Disease

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Pregnant women — and those trying to get pregnant — should not travel to places where the Zika virus is circulating. For children, age is a factor. Alessandro Abel/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Is Zika Dangerous For Kids? It Probably Depends On The Age

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Michelle Flandez's son Inti Perez — pictured at home in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in 2016 — was born with microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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