Could Gene Editing Rid the World of Harmful Mosquitos?

Mosquitos certainly have a bad rap, and in most cases it is well deserved. After all, they are the deadliest animal – not just insect – in the world, and were responsible for taking about half-a-million lives just in 2015.But the bigger picture is more complicated: The mosquitos killing people are only a very small percentage of their entire population. There are 3,500 known mosquito species, and the vast majority lives off of plant and fruit nectar and have little interaction with humans.