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    Doctors Blame Zika Effects on Monsanto

    Are the mosquitoes scapegoats? Some medical studies have now linked the virus to an outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil, but Colombia’s president points to 3,177 cases of Zika among pregnant women in his country without a single case of microcephaly linked to the infection. A group of Argentine doctors, Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns, has released a report blaming the birth defects on pyriproxyfen, a chemical used to control Brazilian mosquitoes manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a Monsanto partner. Meanwhile, biotech companies are still scrambling to make a Zika vaccine.

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