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GM Insects and Disease Control

Published Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Insects play a critical role in ecosystems, but can also cause economic and social harm by transmitting diseases to humans and livestock, and damaging crops. Genetically modified (GM) insects could be used alongside other approaches to mitigate harms. This POSTnote summarises possible benefits, risks and uncertainties associated with their deployment.

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POSTnotes POST-PN-483

Author: Jonathan Wentworth

Topics: Agriculture and environment, Animal diseases, Climate change, Diseases, Genetics

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