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A ‘genetically modified mosquito’ becomes viral on TikTok

By France24
08 October 2022   |   12:29 pm
In a video widely shared on TikTok and Twitter, a man claims that he recently found a mosquito with the number 38 stamped on its body. But is the insect in question actually a mosquito at all? We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.

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