Group Wary of New Genetically Modified Insects
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Florida News page . An environmental group is questioning the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District's plan to introduce sterile mosquitoes into the Keys to battle the spread of dengue fever. The district has partnered with the England-based company Oxitec on the project and plans to introduce the mosquitoes sometime in 2012. The district is currently waiting on federal and state approval to test the technology, Executive Director Michael Doyle said. The Keys would be the first community in the United States to test the technology. The agency is targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquito because it is the species that is known to transmit dengue fever, a virus that hit Key West in 2009 and stayed around through 2010. There were no documented cases in 2011, according to the Monroe Count...