GMO Mozzies Headed to Florida

750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes may be set loose next year in the Florida Keys—the first such release in the US, the Independent reports.
 
The male “OX5034” Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been engineered to spawn female offspring that die off before they can bite and spread disease.
 
The hope is that they can serve as a natural pesticide alternative and help control mosquito-borne diseases, which kill over a million people worldwide each year, Fast Company reports.
 
A similar experiment in Brazil achieved a decline in disease-carrying mosquitoes.
 
But critics say the plans disregard GMO mozzies’ potential impact on local ecosystems, and that the US EPA slacked on doing due diligence.  

The Quote: “What I urge people not to do with new technologies is not to worship them. We need to assess them rigorously,” says Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety. 

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