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British Scientists Unleash GM Flies into Farms Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 02:13 AM

British scientists have recently created a swarm of GM (genetically-modified) fruit flies that are expected to eradicate insect pests on farms.

According to the BBC News, "A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research. These male mutant flies have a lethal gene which interrupts female development."

Philip Leftwich from the University of East Anglia and Oxidec, is quoted as saying that, "This allows you to reach thousands or millions of male insects all carrying this gene construct... Very rapidly you get a sex biased population of only male individuals, which is not sustainable."

As reported by the BBC, "They were trialled in a greenhouse resulting in "population collapse". If released into the wild, they could prevent damage to crops in a way that is cheap, and environmentally friendly, according to the researchers."

Nevertheless, some experts have expressed concerns about creating mutant flies, which could cause more harm than good.

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