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After reaching adulthood, a mosquito emerges from the water looking for trouble. Courtesy of Andrew Hammond hide caption

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To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

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Genetically modified mosquitoes are released in Piracicaba, Brazil, in an effort to combat Zika virus. These mosquitoes were modified using conventional techniques. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images hide caption

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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

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There are about 1,000 genetically engineered mosquitoes in each pot. Guilherme Trivellato of the biotech company Oxitec prepares to release them in Piracicaba, Brazil, in the hope of reducing the spread of Zika and other viruses. Catherine Osborn/for NPR hide caption

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How Could Releasing More Mosquitoes Help Fight Zika?

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