“Tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes have been released in Djibouti in an effort to stop the spread of an invasive species that transmits malaria.

The friendly non-biting male Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes, developed by Oxitec, a UK-based biotechnology company, carry a gene that kills female offspring before they reach maturity.

Only female mosquitoes bite and transmit malaria and other viral diseases.

It is the first time such mosquitoes have been released in East Africa and the second time in the continent.”

From BBC.