When you have to choose between genetics and a career, the genetic engineering salary is hard to beat
By Nick BoleschukAssociated PressThe federal government has spent more than $3 billion to create genetically modified mosquitoes, which will help fight the spread of dengue fever, chikungunya and other viruses.
The government has also funded a research institute to help develop genetically modified bacteria that fight off parasitic worms.
The federal budget includes $500 million for the effort, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
The funding comes in addition to $250 million for a program called Genome Innovation Centers.
Genetic engineering is a science of creating organisms that can survive in the wild without having to be bred.
The goal is to create organisms that are resistant to diseases and parasites.
A recent study found that the mosquito resistant to dengues, chiggers and other mosquitoes can be made by gene-editing technology.
Genetically engineered mosquitoes have been around for more than 30 years and were the subject of a recent viral scare.
The Department of Agriculture has also provided funding for research into how to create viruses resistant to some common viruses.
The Department of Energy has given $500,000 for that.
The cost of genetic engineering is not reflected in the annual federal budget.
But there are more than 200 companies that are producing genetically engineered organisms and about 500 that are working on developing them, according the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“There’s a lot of money being spent on this,” said John Pecora, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change in Washington.
“This is a big opportunity to have a lot more innovation going on.”
Researchers have been trying to genetically engineer mosquitoes since at least 2006, when scientists at the University of Maryland in College Park published a paper describing the ability to genetically alter mosquitoes to be more resistant to a virus called the yellow fever virus.
The mosquitoes have since been used in research to treat chikongunya, denguing and other infections, Pecoras said.
The U.S. government has funded about $10 billion in research for creating genetically modified organisms, according a government website.
The Center for Genetic Engineering and Technology, which has funded research in the area for decades, is the largest group in the field, according in a statement from the organization.
The group has about 1,000 scientists working in 20 countries around the world, including the United States.
Pecoras is a founder of the group, and he is credited with bringing the mosquitoes to the U.K.
The center has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Health Service, according.
The project is still under way, but the goal is that by 2025, scientists will have developed a mosquito that is resistant to yellow fever, said John Moll, a spokesman for the center.
Scientists have also created a genetically modified strain of a virus to be used in insecticide-resistant corn and soybeans.
Pechora said the mosquitoes are still a long way off from being ready for human use, but they are getting there.
The first genetically modified species of mosquitoes was produced by researchers in England, where they developed a gene-edited strain called “saucy” that was resistant to the yellow virus, Pechora and other scientists have said.
Scientists also have genetically engineered worms and bacteria that resist parasites.
The U.N. has also approved genetic modification of a bacterium that kills the parasite.