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A recent admission by the United States that it conducted a biological warfare test using mosquitoes in 1965 has reopened old wounds over a much larger, but aborted, US-funded mosquito research project in India.

The project was cancelled by the Indian government in 1975 after researchers there claimed that its real purpose was to study the logistics of using yellow fever as a biowarfare agent.

But the European and US researchers have always strenuously denied the allegations, insisting that their aim was to eradicate the mosquito population, which transmits dangerous diseases such as dengue fever.

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Reference: Nature 419, 867 (2002)