Creve Coeur biotech startup sterilizing mosquitoes to fight Zika virus

The Creve Coeur branch of biotech startup Forrest Innovations is taking a nontraditional tack in attacking the mosquitoes blamed for spreading the Zika virus in Central and South America.

Whereas conventional mosquito mitigation efforts involve spraying pesticides where the insects breed, Forrest wants to breed and release sterile mosquitoes to prevent reproduction and eventually reduce the insect’s population.

The company’s first target will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, site of the world’s worst Zika outbreak and host of this year’s Summer Olympics.

Forrest’s idea is not new. But the company, which is based in Israel and has its U.S. headquarters at the Danforth Plant Science Center, says its solution, called NoMoreMos, involves a different technique to sterilize male mosquitoes at a larval stage.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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