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Raise your hand if you had ‘mutant mosquitoes’ on your 2021 bingo card!

Researchers are releasing 12,000 genetically-modified mosquitoes in six different parts of Florida over the weekend. The goal is to take out a different, invasive species of mosquito – one that can carry diseases like yellow fever and Zika virus.  The modified male mosquitoes mate with females and pass on a lethal gene that prevents more females – who are the ones who bite humans – from being born.

More than 750 million modified mosquitoes will be released over the next two years.

Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018 with a stop in between in the coldest place on the planet, Fargo, ND. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, day drinking and is always planning her next vacation.