GMO mosquito test approved

Aedes aegypti during blood meal

Photo by James Gathany [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Authorities have given the approval for testing genetically modified mosquitos in Florida. The company that developed the mosquito, Oxitec, promotes it as an alternative (less chemical impact) way to battle the pesky disease-bearing Aedes Aegypti mosquito. With news that Zika can spread via sex as well as mosquito, there is mounting public pressure to do something to halt its spread. At the same time, there is fear of the potential unintended consequences of releasing GM organisms into the wild. There will be no immediate release of Oxitec mosquitos, but this approval will pave the way for discussions about potentially using the Oxitec mosquito as an emergency measure to halt the spread of Zika and other diseases (dengue fever being one). Read the whole story on CBS News.

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