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Florida face genetically engineered mosquito threat #gmo

Florida face genetically engineered mosquito threat #gmo

Floridians face genetically engineered mosquito threat Posted Dec. 21, 2011 / Posted by: Eric hoffman A private firm is planning to release potentially harmful genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys as early as January, endangering human health and the environment in what would become the first-ever U.S. release of these engineered bugs. The genetically engineered mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, are produced by UK-based biotechnology company Oxitec so their offspring will die at a young age in an effort to lower mosquito populations and limit the spread of dengue fever. While attempts to limit the spread of disease are laudable, health, environmental and ethical challenges face what would be the first-ever release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the U.S. Genetically engineered mosquitoes have already been released by Oxitec in the Cayman Islands, Malaysia...

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